Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • shield, late 1800s–1970
  • Where object was made: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 74 x 11 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 1/8 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2864

The long, narrow wooden shield has a handle at the center back. The front and back are decorated with sets of three parallel lines in jagged, zigzagging patterns. It has small leaf-like designs (a line with marks on either side) interspersed throughout.