This distinctive nineteenth century shield is typical of the style associated with central or Capricornia coast of Queensland being relatively small in size and usually made from corkwood or Kurrajong (Brachychiton sp.) and decorated with broad bold geometric patterns carved into the outer surface in relief.

Physical Description

An oval shaped shield made of a single piece of softwood decorated with natural pigments. The entire surface is painted with white pipe clay and the sections of abstract geometric patterning carved in relief are painted with solid blocks of red and black pigment. The handle is carved into the reverse side.


This one is unusual in that the design continues onto the reverse of the shield.

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