c1920 West Australian Aboriginal Large ‘Bardi’ Shield


A large Aboriginal ‘Bardi’ shield, dating from the early Twentieth Century.

Hailing from Kimberley, Western Australia, the shield has been roughly carved with diagonal and horizontal notches. From the same piece of wood, a convex handle has been carved at the centre of the shield. Remnants of ochre-coloured earth can be seen in the notches on the reverse.

The shield is battle worn, with small chunks missing to its edge. It appears as though there are pierced marks to the face, possibly the result of parrying small stones.

Size: 76 x 16.5 x 5cm
Weight: 857g