Unknown Artist
A South-Eastern Parrying Shield, Early 20th Century

carved and engraved hardwood of tapering almond form with incised line decoration to the shield’s front. Traces of infill white ochre. Well carved handle to rear.
early 20th Century
78.5 cm long x 11 cm wide
with stand

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

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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