Shield

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Registration number
10189
Item name
Shield 
Category
Shield
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Queensland > Eastern region
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Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
October 26, 1967 
Acquisition method
Bequest from Father Leo Hayes 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

A medium length broad shield of light coloured soft-wood. The entire surface of the convex face has been engraved with tight straight parallel channels formed into geometric areas. These areas have been painted either red or black in a symmetrical arrangement that resembles and X. There is a human figure engraved at one end of the shield. This figure appears to be holding a long stick in one hand. Both arms are outstretched and the legs are spaced apart. The flat surface of the back has been engraved with straight parallel lines creating a diagonal thatch that may be a result of the carving to get the surface flat and not a decorative feature. The decorative feature on the back has a hand at both ends of the shield in raised relief with the fingers and thumb spread out and orientated towards the centre of the shield. Both hands are painted black. The handle is contiguous with the body of the shield and has been carved into an elongated X, that is also in raised relief and painted black. The terminal ends of the arms of the X invade the body of the back of the shield which has been painted red.

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