Lot 2
  • 2

A Broad Shield, Lower Murray River, South Australia 19th Century

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
22,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Carved and engraved wood (inner bark of the gumtree), bentwood handle


Private collection, France

Catalogue Note

Cf. Daniel S. Davidson, A Preliminary Consideration of Aboriginal Australian Decorative Art, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. IX, Philadelphia, 1937, p.43, fig.30C, for a shield of similar form in the collection of the South Australian Museum; Brough Smyth, R., The Aborigines of Victoria: with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania compiled from various sources for the Government of Victoria, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1878, reprinted 1972, p.333, figs. 135-7; Carol Cooper et al., Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery Directors Council, 1981, p.87, fig.S42, for a shield of similar form and related engraved designs; Barbier, J.P. and Benitez-Johannot, P., Shields: Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania from the Barbier Müller Collection, Paris, 2000, p.233, pl. 98; Chris Keeler and Vicki Cousins, eds., Meerreeng-An, Here Is My Country, The story of Aboriginal Victoria Told Through Art, Koorie Heritage Trust, 2010, p.158, illus.