Shield

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Registration number
9450
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
January 01, 1967 
Acquisition method
by Church of England Board of Missions 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

A large broad shield of light coloured hard-wood. The entire surface of the face has been engraved with a complex of patterns. A wide straight horizontal channel defines both of the terminal tip areas. Each terminal area has been carved into a “shark tooth” pattern. The lower plain is flat and painted white and the raised “teeth” area is engraved with thin shallow straight parallel lines and painted red. The “teeth” are pointing out toward the ends of the shield. The entire surface of the centre area is painted red and engraved with a thatch of thin shallow straight parallel lines. There is a large semi-circle on the edge of both side margins. The inner area of the semi-circle is smooth. There are ten square dents in the surface, possibly spear point marks. Eight are arranged in two parallel lines of four, running diagonal across the boundary of one of the terminal ends and the centre panel. The surface of the back of the shield is undecorated but has smears of white paint. There are two semi-circles engraved on both side edges of the shield, two above and two below the handle area. There is a nail in the handle.

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