Maker Unknown
A Museum Quality Parrying Shield, late 19th century

In fine condition, of elongated flat ovoid form, stone axe incised hardwood with circle motifs to the front of the shield. Fine, full fluting to the reverse of the shield and a superb, raised handle. The surface of this important object displays a deep rich dark chocolate aged patina
81 cm long x 12 cm wide
with stand
$4,800

Provenance
Arthur Beau Palmer Gallery, 2007
Private Collection, Queensland
Private Collection, Sydney

Associated work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 accession Number: 1979.206.1610

Parrying Shields among desert peoples were both practical implements, used for defence against weapons thrown or wielded by an opponent, and in turn important ceremonial trade items. Parrying Shields were often exchanged along a complex system on inland trade routes, some shields were ultimately used by individuals living hundreds of miles from the place where they were made.

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