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Shield, Kimberley Area, West Australia 19th Century

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Size 76x14cm
Oceanic Arts Australia buys and sells tribal New Guinea art

This finely carved Kimberley shield with fine incised herringbone design on the front and the back having incised linear striations over the entire surface and bisected with horizontal sections. The lug handle and entire shield with old use patina and traces of red ochre.

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.


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

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection


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