- Museum number
Shield of coiled rattan twined with vine-strip, long with rounded ends, with pandanus leaf backing
Length: 87 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Old label reads: Shield from Guadalcana, Solomon Isd. / H M Denham
Henry Mangles Denham was a hydrographer commanding the HMS Herald expedition to Australia and the SW Pacific in 1852-1861.
Charles Woodford, in a letter to Read of the British Museum dated 4 July 1906, writes of Solomon Islands woven shields: "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"."
Marked in pencil 'End W'
Waite, D. 'Shields as vehicles of power in museum frameworks of power', in R.L. Welsch (ed) Proceedings of a special session of the Pacific Arts Association
Waite, D. (2002) 'Exploring Solomon Island shields: Vehicles of power in changing museum contexts', in Herle et al, 'Pacific Art Persistence, Change and Meaning', p. 185
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Old label reads:
H.M Denham 1853[?]
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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