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Message stick

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Description

This is one of 24 objects in the National Museum of Australia from Rose River (Numbulwar) which were collected by anthropologist Alex Van der Leeden during his fieldwork there in 1964-65. Van der Leeden also gave similar collections from Rose River to the Australian Museum and the Rijksmuseum Volkerkunde in Leiden.

Physical description

Wooden message stick with an elliptical cross section and truncated ends, crosswise and transverse incisions, together with notches on the sides.

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