Australian Aboriginal Hardwood Shield
This old hardwood Aboriginal shield measures 20 1/4" tall and is 6" wide at the center. The front has three oval bands carved on it two feature zigzag type lines (possibly carved by possum teeth)and the exterior band is scratched in. The back has twin diamond patterns above and below the handle. The back also has a single zigzag band around the outer edge. There is some old loss top left, bottom, and on the edges. This old heavy piece has seen some action. Wonderfully patinated over time.