An Australian Aboriginal Parrying Shield , Southwest Queensland

An Australian Aboriginal Parrying Shield , Southwest Queensland

1800 to 1900 Australia Southwest Queensland

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The surfaces of toy shields made for children were left plain and undecorated . Young boys would not yet be familiar or conscious of the visual grammar associated with the simple graphic designs and had no need to stress or state their identity . Only at the completion of a certain stage in a boys initiation was he given his ‘proper’ shield .
Mid 19 th Century

Provenance : Collected at a mission station in the early 20 th century
See : Finch & Co catalogue no. 2 ( item 2 ) for an example of a Western Australian parrying shield

Dimensions
Height 62.00 cm (24.41 inches)
Width 16.50 cm (6.50 inches)
Depth 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Medium
Natural pigments on soft wood . The design probably representing initiation marks
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