Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Details
ABORIGINAL SHIELD, AUSTRALIA
Height: 35¾ in. (91 cm.)
Provenance
Ernst Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, before 1980
Sale Room Notice
Please note that this lot will now be offered not subject to a reserve.

Condition Report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

Carved in a beautiful curved shape and decorated with a complex hatched motif. These geometric forms highlighted with white pigments were certainly meaningful for their creators, but remain a mystery to us. The thinness of the sculpture along with the concave overall shape reminds us the form of a dried bark or leaf; the rich patina attests to its significant age.

An old label mentioning Shield of Australian Aborigines, Arnhem Land, about 1800 is attached to the handle.

More from Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas including Property from the Estate of Ernst Beyeler

View All
View All