Aborigine Shield Early 19th Century Transitional Decorated Australia La Perouse
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Aborigine Shield Early 19th Century Transitional Decorated Australia La Perouse:
This is a very beautiful example of a 19th century LA PEROUSE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL SHIELD. It is in very good to excellent condition withno defects and a BEAUTIFUL OLD PATINA ....NOTICE how the A`s in the script Australia are effected with the inverted cross bar ; this is a very old 18th century manner of writting A`s you can see the same on 18th century Dutch VOC East Indies Cannon barrels. This one dates early for sure and is well done, with Emu, Kangaroo , Koala, Kookabura Bird , etc. also the palm specie depicted. It measures 23 1/2 X 4 3/4 inches .Most I see of these shields are in the range of $1000 to $1800...Below is more info on this type of shield , if you are looking for a really excellent example then this is it as I have compared it to others in Museums and this one is finer quality. Good Luck on the offerding !!In the 1880s La Perouse became a regular camp site for displaced South Coast Aborigines. Some of these people had been expelled from the city of Sydney to the north; others had travelled north from traditional lands alienated by farming and grazing. Initially their occupation of this northern headland of Botany Bay was deemed illegal, however their camp was officially recognised as an Aboriginal Reserve in 1895. The establishment of a nearby Methodist Mission - soon to become the headquarters for the United Aborigines Mission - may well have influenced this decision.Although La Perouse at this time was still beyond the southern perimeter of suburban development, it was already a popular seaside resort for the white inhabitants of Sydney. The Joseph Banks Hotel, with its renowned pleasure gardens and menagerie, was built there in the 1830s. By the 1880s the establishment was reaching its peak of popularity.With very few other means of income and provision, the Aboriginal community of La Perouse were quick to engage with this new developing tourism market. They sold shell artefacts, shields, boomerangs and other items, and demonstrated boomerang throwing to the day trippers. What developed was a 'transitional culture' of production with traditional skills being employed to create 'non-traditional' artefacts for the new market. The production of souvenirs, such as decorated boomerangs, nulla nullas and shields, intricately designed shellwork patterns on cardboard baby slippers, jewellery boxes and other items grew in the 20th century with the establishment of a tram line to La Perouse in 1902, making the La Perouse Indigenous community one of the first to be involved with the tourism industry at the time.
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