Bardi One Arm Point Shield (AS038)
Description of item:
Bardi One Arm Point Lombadina, Kimberley Western Australia ceremonial shield. Beautiful soft wood, fine display; it consists of the classical zigzag design with white clay and red ochre; reverse with deep cut-handle; mid 20th century.
Height: 60 cm (23.6 inches)
Width: 13.5 (5.3 inches)
The Bardi people call this shield ‘marrga’. These shields serve primarily to ward off boomerangs, the principle weapon used for settling disputes on the Dampier Peninsula.
Akerman, K. ‘Shields in the Barbier-Mueller Museum’ online catalogue.
Private Australian collection.