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of the author, Dr Ranna-Lesley Lachlan (PhD, RPP, VCST, DFA,
Grad. D. Mat. Anth.).
Painted Designs on Rainforest Aboriginal Shields from North
Queensland: An Analysis of Correlations between Design Styles
and Geographical Distribution, by Ranna-Lesley Lachlan
[formerly Hale], James Cook University, Townsville.
Aboriginal shields were collected from throughout the North
Queensland rainforest during the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. Many of the major
museums in Australia hold a number of these fascinating
artefacts in their collections.
#1 & ATTRIBUTION
illustrations above provide examples of two typical design
symmetries found in the painted designs on rainforest Aboriginal
shields. Generic examples of such symmetries are illustrated
R., 1989). A contemporary
rainforest Aboriginal shield created by Mr
R. Butler (click
here for illustration) bears
a beautiful example of one of these design symmetries
In fact, six discrete design symmetries were identified by
Dr Lachlan during her research (Lachlan,
on the rainforest
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writings by Dr Ranna-Lesley Lachlan (formerly Hale)
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