Aboriginal Australia Bardi Shield

Aboriginal Australia Bardi Shield

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. Wood with original pigments. 67 cm. 19/20th century.

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.