Shield

Production date
Pre 1920
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Guadal
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Description
Shield-elliptical, horizontal woven vine strips on cane frame, decorated with black painted geometric and schematic bird designs at upper and lower ends.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander shield
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Measurements
L785 x W255 x H21 mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre
History and use
Woven wicker shields were once in common use throughout the central provinces of Solomon Islands.

Shields such as this example with rounded tops and bottoms often have stylised bird designs woven in black rattan fibre at the lower end. This design is most likely a representation of a frigate bird.


This object was acquired by the museum in 1920.
Registration number
E1105

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