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.
CH classification TOURISM
CH classification Homewares
Donald Clark Handcrafts (estab. 1954, closed 1985)
L760 x W240 mm
Textile, wood, screenprinted
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.