Shield

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Registration number
1522
Item name
Shield 
Category
Shield
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Not applicable > South coast and riverine region
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
July 01, 1951 
Acquisition method
by Mrs L. MacGillivray 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

A long broad shield of hard-wood that appears dark in colour. The face has been engraved with a complex geometric pattern. Approximately a sixth of the surface area is in a central panel that has been engraved with thin deep channels. The pattern is a mirror image of itself organized on both sides of a vertical central line. The channels are “V”s that open out towards the side margins of the shield. There is a thick band of thatch above and below this area, separating it from the rest of the pattern on the face. The dominant pattern is of a “sword-fish” blade that has swerving edges. The blade tapers off with the narrowing ends of the shield. The internal surface of the blade has been engraved with a thatch. All engraving is precise and very well defined. There is evidence of red paint on the face and white residue. The back of the shield is polished smooth but void of engraving or painting.

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