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ABORIGINAL SHIELD, AUSTRALIA
Height: 35¾ in. (91 cm.)
Provenance
Ernst Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, before 1980
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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.
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