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Registration Number: E20870

Name or Title: Wall Hanging

Classification: CH classification TOURISM
CH classification Homewares

Brief Description: Commercially printed linen wall hanging, decorated with Aboriginal weapons including shield, spears, boomerang and a brolga bird. Colours are red, yellow, white and dark brown.

Collection: Aboriginal Studies

Production Place: Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

Production Date: 1954-1958

Materials: Textile, wood, screenprinted

Measurement : L760 x W240 mm

Signature/Marks: Donald Clark

History and Use: The hanging is an appropriated design of a Rainforest shield depicting the 'Star fish' totem of an Aboriginal group near Cairns. Since the Second World War it has been a popular practice to 'Indigenise' commercial designs to make them more 'Australian'. An image of the shield depicted in this design was first publicised by Ursula McConnel in ‘Inspiration and design in Aboriginal art’ in ‘Art in Australia’, 59 (Third Series, 15 May 1935), 1935, p.61, where she identified the design as ‘Star fish (dyd:ra madydi)’ belonging to the Gunggandji people in Yarrabah. The original shield is held in the South Australian Museum

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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