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This object is one of large collection the Museum acquired from Patricia Heath in 1982. She had had the collection for more than twenty years. Analysis of the handwriting on some labels associated with the collection suggests that many of these objects were originally collected by John Francis Connelly (1860-1928), a prominent surveyor in Western Australia. Collections of Aboriginal material acquired by Connelly are also held in the Field Museum, Chicago and the Bishop Museum in Hawaii.

Physical description

Wooden shield. An oblong handle is carved from the solid form and it protrudes from the posterior surface, which is incised with continuous fluting. The anterior surface is incised with parallel lines and the centre section are at an oblique angle. Alternate lines are ochre coloured.

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