A variation on Identification longshot

  Brumas 19:04 23 Apr 11
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NO, it is not a postcard, it is an unusual polynesian? shield which I have had for yonks and thought I would have a go at identifying and possibly finding out from whence it came. I have sent these photos to a bloke in Hawaii who specialises in weapons and ethnic artefacts and here is his reply.

"I am not sure on this one. It is shield for sure and may be african or south pacific. Also papau new Guinea. It is a cool item what ever it is. Hope you can find out more about it. Thank you & Aloha, Paul.”

It is carved from a very dense brown/red wood, weighs approximately one and a half kilos and has a carved pattern in places. Any thoughts would be welcome. click here click here click here click here

  Bingalau 21:01 23 Apr 11

Brumas Just a suggestion a little off the track you suggest. It looks aboriginal to me. Maybe you should try sending a picture of it to Oz. They have huge trees out there which may be redwood trees. I can't remember. But the Abbo's carve all kinds of items from them. Then again there is New Zealand. A hell of a lot of Maori's could well have had shields like that when they made war and not faces......

  Brumas 21:42 23 Apr 11

Bingalau, thanks, will do. I am in the process of finding experts or museums that specialise in ethnic weaponry and artefacts using Google, then I shall send them an email.

  BRYNIT 22:26 23 Apr 11

It looks similar to a Australian shield link text

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  Brumas 22:35 23 Apr 11

BRYNIT

This looks very promising, I shall pursue this line of thought, thanks.

  Brumas 23:00 23 Apr 11

BRYNIT,

Cheers, I think it may be aboriginal as this looks very similar. click here

  Brumas 23:38 06 May 11
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An update. As I had no further use for this aboriginal fighting shield I did my research and sold it on the Australian eBay site for £118 - Iv’e searched the shed but it was a one-off :o{{

  morddwyd 08:13 07 May 11

Good result!

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