Description & Technical information

An active combat shield used to parry and block the blows of the enemys club or spear known as “marrga” in the Bardi language. Bardi people, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia.

Date:  19/20th century
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  Western Australia
Medium: Wood with original pigments
Dimensions: 67 cm (26³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Ex coll. Peter. Van Drumpt, Amsterdam.
Literature: Ill. : WALKABOUT the Early Art of the Australian Aborigines – and a Selection of Early Eskimo Art. Galerie Meyer, Paris, 2012, fig. 27.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints