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earth pigments on wood
68.4 × 20.0 × 8.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Papunya, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by John McPhee, 1997
Gallery location
Not on display
This shield is painted with designs associated with the possum dreaming. The central roundel indicates an important possum dreaming place and the arc shapes indicate Tjakamarra and Tjupurrula custodians of this Dreaming. The tracks of the possum ancestor are also represented. The configuration of white dots in the ground with red ochre symbols is characteristic of men's ritual shields.