Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • shield, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 69 x 23 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 1/8 x 9 1/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2845

The oval shield has a recessed handle in the center of the back. The back is covered with red pigment. The front is decorated with a panel of horizontal stripes across the middle (two are red and one is black) and a panel of vertical stripes in the same colors above and below. White dots outline each stripe.