Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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painted shield
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • painted shield, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Western Australia, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 65.5 x 15 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 3/4 x 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2863

The front of the long, narrow shield of wood is painted white with a red stripe across the middle. The back is painted in horizontal stripes of red and white. It has a recessed handle. It has a prominent zigzag texture on the front and a striped texture on the back.