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: 65 x 19 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 9/16 x 7 1/2 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2846

The oval wooden shield has a recessed handle in the center back. The back is covered with red pigment. The front is decorated with a red and black roundel in the middle. There are red and black vertical stripes above and below. The stripes and roundel are defined with white dots and there are white dots clustered on the long sides.