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A Narrow Shield, South East Australia

Property from an American Private Collection

A Narrow Shield, South East Australia

A Narrow Shield, South East Australia

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Property from an American Private Collection


A Narrow Shield, South East Australia

19th Century


Carved and engraved hardwood

33 ⅞ in (86 cm)

With a reattached fabric label inscribed in black ink in an old hand: Fiji Island Sheild. [sic] of [?] 60 yrs ago. Mrs J. B. Browne. 625 K. St.

In very good condition overall, this fine and early example is likely stone-carved and has an old and genuine shiny patina. There are traces of white pigment infilling sections of the engraved design; the pigments appear stable. Other small areas in the engraved design are damaged, most probably from use in parrying and fighting. The shield appears to have no repairs or restoration. Has a stand.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

John S. Boskovich, Los Angeles
Sotheby's, New York, African, Oceanic and Pre Columbian Art, 17 November 2006, lot 230, consigned by the above
American Private Collection, acquired at the above auction
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 2009 - November 2012