A Broad Shield, South Eastern Australia Early 19th Century
- Carved and engraved wood (inner bark of the gum tree), bentwood handle
- 101cm by 20cm
Sotheby’s, African and Oceanic Art, New York, 19 May 2000, lot 125
The Thomas Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
Broad Shields were used in battle as spear deflectors and few are in the exceptional condition of this example. Both the fine, stone carved quality of the shield and the stone or animal tooth engraving indicate an early date of manufacture, possibly pre-contact.