Wunda

Wunda

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Technique and Dimensions:

Brachychiton gregorii (kurrajong) wood, natural pigments

Location:

C.D.A.383, Legato Cap.E.A. D'Albertis, 1932

Provenance:

Second half of 19th century

Shield made of a medium density wood; its name comes from the term wurnda which in the Bailgu language refers to the type of wood with which it is made. Originating in the Murchison River region
in western Australia, its diffusion also in other regions indicates the importance of this artifact in the trade between aboriginal groups.

It has three sections of grooves painted in red ochre and white clay. The design, called pandal, has vertical engraved lines at the top and bottom, horizontal or oblique lines in the middle section.
Region between Gascoyne River and Murchison River, Western Australia