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shield
Date Made/Found: circa 1835
Collector: Collected by 2nd Baron of Wharncliffe John Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie , 1801 - 1855
Material and Medium: wood
Dimensions: Overall: 121 x 80 x 930mm (4 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 36 5/8in.)
Place Object Found: Australia
Accession Number: J1901.75
Long narrow parrying shield in triangular shaped and tapers on both ends. On the front side, it has carved patterns all over the surface comprising of zig zag and diagonal lines with four narrow transverse lines. On reverse, handle is cut out of the solid wood. It would have been used to ward off blows from clubs and other handheld weapons during hand to hand combat. The carved patterns may possibly represent "emblematic designs symbolic of the owner's group affiliation or dreamings". This shield was collected by the 2nd Baron of Wharncliffe and presented to the museum by the 2nd Earl of Wharncliffe in 1901.
Display Location: In Store
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