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1874 catalogue entry:
61. Bow-shaped, parrying shield, DINKA, East Central Africa. It is held in the centre and the darts of the assailants parried with the hooked ends.

Pitt Rivers Museum record:
 General Description: Dinka parrying shield, made of wood.
Accession number: 1884.30.21
Continent: Africa Country: Sudan Region: Southern Sudan, Bahr el Jebel Group: Dinka
Dimensions: L = 1200 mm, W = 22 mm
Field collector: John Petherick
When collected: 1853 - 1865
Other owners: John Petherick, ?Royal United Services Institute. Pitt Rivers sent this object to Bethnal Green Museum for display by ?early 1874.
Black book entry - Screen 2 18 Bow-shaped parrying shield, Dinka, East Central Africa, obtd [sic - obtained] by Consul Petherick (61)
Delivery Catalogue II entry - Shields from different localities. Bow-shaped parrying shield Australia [sic] 61
Accession Book IV entry - Parrying-stick in the form of a straight-fronted bow, Dinka. White Nile, Petherick coll [sic - collection] [Drawing]
Card Catalogue entry - ALF 61. East Africa, White Nile, Dinka. 61 = 18 black. Parrying stick in the form of a straight-fronted bow. Petherick coll. 1858. Original Pitt Rivers collection
Hand-written on object - Dinka E. Cent. Africa Petherick coll. PR 61
Collectors Miscellaneous XI Accession Book entry - Bow-shaped parrying stick [Drawing], Dinka. PR 18 black
Other information - Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums (V&A). In Petherick, 'On the arms of the Arab and Negro Tribes of Central Africa, bordering on the White Nile': 173-4 'The pastoral Dinka use only one large and two or three smaller lances (see Figs 1 and 2) without a shield, a substitute for which is a heavy stick with which they cleverly ward off a coming lance, using it as a club (fig 3) and with it drive their cattle of which they possess large herds... ' addition to a stiff club (fig 12) made from the root of a tree, which they are expert in casting as well as fencing with, carry an instrument like a bow (fig 23), for the purpose of warding off projectiles and which, with the club and a lance or two are grasped in the left hand whilst throwing a lance with the right.'
PR number: 61

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