Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • shield, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Queensland, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 63 x 22 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2844

The small oval wooden shield has long sides that curve toward the back. The front and back both have a grooved texture and are covered with red pigment. The front is decorated with a curving row of black circle outlines. The surface is covered with small white dots. It has a recessed handle in the center of the back.