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Of concave section, the handle being formed of a branch protruding through the front of the shield. The decorative pattern with traces of white pipe clay
Darling River region, New South Wales
Size: 81.5cm long, 14cm wide – 32 ins long, 5½ ins wide
These shields, used for warding off spears in battle, tend to be carved in hardwood and depend for their visual effectiveness on elegance of form in relation to their surface ornamentation. This simplicity of shape and beautifully integrated combination of structure and line that is characteristic of these shields epitomises one of the strengths of Aboriginal art.