Image: Shield, Solomon Islands E21719
Local name: lave kubere
Provenance: Marovo Lagoon, Malaita Island, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Pacific
Such shields were owned by chiefs although may not have been used for fighting and instead may have played a role in land transactions. The shield's narrowest end is always held at the top. This shield was obtained by Mr H Alexander who sold it to the Museum in 1913.
Description: Flat, straight shield with curved but pointed ends; coiled cane attached to a cane base; front and back decorated with identical black woven pattern; square, folded bark inserted lengthwise through handle on back of shield.
Height: 5cm; Length: 92.5cm; Width: 26cm
- Emma Furno
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