Aboriginal Queensland Rainforest Shield

Length 88 cm x width 45 cm, Central boss raised 1.6 cm x 12cm diameter

These mid 20th century shields are somewhat difficult to come by as Queensland Aboriginal culture was
quickly decimated by pastoralists (prime sugarcane and cattle grazing land in much of Queensland), as well as missionaries who banned traditional culture and language.

rare, large, colourful and beautifully decorated Fig Tree shield is particularly special; the natural pigments are all present whilst the shield displays good signs of use. The handle has a nice glossy patina, and fits comfortably to the hand unlike many purely decorative shields often made more for the art market rather than for indigenous use.

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