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An Early Bardi Shield, West Australia


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Collection No. TB-1408
Size 79cm
An Early Bardi Shield, West Australia
An Early Bardi Shield, West Australia

This finely carved shield with herringbone design on the front and coated with red ochre, the back has incised linear striations in horizontal bands. The deep lug handle and entire shield has old use patina.

One of the most beautiful motifs in aboriginal art is the herringbone design, a design prominent at one time or another in many parts of the world, including ancient Greece, China and Peru.

Reference:

Interlocking Key Design in Aboriginal Australian Decorative Art. Dr. D. S. Davidson First published: September 1949

Provenance:
­The Bridgeport Family who were early settlers in West Australia.

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