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Unknown ARTIST

Rainforest people

Australia Unknown – Unknown

Shield [Rainforest] 19th - 20th Century Place made: Rainforest Region, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, woodwork, natural earth pigments on wood

Dimensions: 97.0 h x 32.0 w x 9.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.341

Specialist advice was given about the provenance of this object suggesting the shield was made perhaps 10 to 20 years either side of 1900. The size, shape and decoration of the shield indicate it was made around Kuranda in the rainforest area. Other places in the area associated with these shields include Yarrabah, Russell River, Bellenden-Ker and Everton.

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