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Man Dreaming (dingari), painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra, 1972

1985.0200.0016

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Man Dreaming (dingari), painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra, 1972

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Physical description

An elongated oval, red pigmented wooden shield. The convex anterior surface is painted with a symbolic design featuring alternating white dotted and solid red lines forming an arch at both ends, both with white dotted ladder-pattern in their innermost portion. About a third of the way in from both ends is a white and red vertically-striped laterally-aligned oval. The two ovals are joined together through a white circle by two groups of three short parallel lines. The border of the shield is covered in white dots. The shield's square integral handle is carved out of the back level with the posterior surface, and continuous incised longitudinal fluting covers both sides.

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On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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