(Australia  – )

An early broad shield

Not on display
Further information

This classic broad shield with carved undulating lines dissected both horizontally and vertically is a fine example of the shields carved by Aboriginal groups in the south-east of Australia. This particular example was collected at Mitta Mitta River, Victoria in 1933, perhaps almost a century after it was likely made. The delicate details of the fine cross-hatched incisions in the centre of the work and at either end may be considered the individual signature of the marker, denoting their hand within this shared design that refers to the moving water of rivers. Also of note is the remanent red pigment which distinguishes the incisions that divide this repeated water pattern into four distinct areas. The incised bears the hallmarks of possum tooth incisions, which are distinctive to the south-eastern region. When viewed from varying angles the incising design dazzles the eye, highlighting the expertise and experience of the artist who crafted this work.

natural pigments on hardwood, cane handle
89.5 cm high
Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Purchase 2018
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