Image: Shield, Solomon Islands E21719

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
© Australian Museum

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