Shield

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
315
Item name
Shield 
Category
Shield
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > South Australia > Central Australia > Ooldea
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Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Ooldea Mission 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

A medium sized broad shield of hard-wood. The entire surface is engraved and painted red. On the face, there is a horizontal line of dots that halves the shield. Below this line the surface has been engraved with straight parallel channels on a diagonal. Above the line the same pattern but in opposite diagonal orientation. The entire surface of the back has been engraved with broad shallow parallel channels, longitudinal to the vertical axis. Two horizontal lines isolate the handle. In the sections above and below the handle, there are engraved concentric circles of three and sometimes two lines, making two semi-circles per section, facing each other, their open sides on the edge of the shield.

Research notes

The Foundation Donation comprises the items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection, which were donated to the University of Queensland in 1948 and form the basis of the Anthropology Museum.

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