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Shield of coiled rattan twined with vine-strip, long with rounded ends, coated with putty inlaid with design in pearlshell
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Height: 87 centimetres
Width: 27.50 centimetres
Depth: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Edvard Hviding, from research in Marovo, New Georgia group, decorated shields of this kind were called lave kinumbekubere, meaning 'inscribed shield'. They were high-status valuables which could be exchanged in major land transactions, with shell-rings and whale-teeth. As such they were classed as poata binangara or 'chiefs' valuables'. They may have been displayed at parades and dances.
Charles Woodford, in a letter to Read of the British Museum dated 4 July 1906, writes of the woven shields to which the decoration was applied: They are articles of trade and exchange among the natives of the whole Solomon Group and are I believe, exclusively made on New Georgia.
In a subsequent letter of 10 August 1906 he corrects himself to say: I have ascertained that they are also made by the bush natives towards the west end of Guadalcanar. They are known on Guadalcanar by the name of "tako" and at New Georgia as "lave".
Starzecka and Cranstone (1974:17) illustrate this shield and comment: ..... Such shields, manufactured in Guadalcanal and New Georgia, were traded to other islands where the pearlshell decoration was added. Central Solomon Islands.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997-1998 25 Sep-27 Jan, Osaka, National Museum of Ethnology, Images of Other Cultures
1998 11 Feb-12 Apr, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Images of Other Cultures
2009 14 May-16 Aug, BM, Dazzling the Enemy: shields from the Pacific
- Object Frozen: 01/09/09
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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