LONG ABORIGINAL WUNDA SHIELD WITH ZIG-ZAG PATTERN ON BACKSIDE
Origin: Australia, Western Desert (Provenance: Collection of Cheryl Taylor in in Blackrock Victoria. The shield was given to her grandfather at the turn of the century by local Aborigines.)
Period/Date: At least early 20th century, likely 19th century
Materials: hardwood, red ocher and pipe clay
Description: This classic "larger scale" shield features an incised zig-zag pattern on the back side. Its face has deeply "fluted" grooves with applied red ocher and pipe clay. It is crafted with old-world techniques, possibly being stone-carved, with the edges being thin and tapered. What makes this shield special is its large size and detailed pattern on the backside. The pigments are layered and oxidized retaining much of its vibrant color. In good condition overall with some minor chips and loss around the edges, water staining and age cracks. It shows long wear and use and is easily 100 years old or more.
Dimensions: Length 34.5" (88 cm), Width 5.5" (14 cm)
Reduced Price: SOLD