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Research on Rainforest Shields of NQ

Map of Australia showing research area in North Queensland.

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Painted Designs on Rainforest Aboriginal Shields from North Queensland: An Analysis of Correlations between Design Styles and Geographical Distribution, by Lachlan, R.-L. (formerly Hale), James Cook University, Townsville. 1989.

The study was initially conducted under a Research Grant of the Australian Museum (Sydney, Australia), then with subsequent funding from elsewhere, as well as considerable self-financing by the author to continue and complete the study.


The painted designs on the following shield is typical of the designs found on some shields in major collections in Australia (Lachlan, R., 2003). The design on this shield provides an additional example of the design symmetries discussed on the previous page. The deep reddish color and the yellow are both ochres, the white is clay, and the black is ground charcoal (Lachlan, R., 1989).


Copyright photo by Ranna, 1986, of rainforest shield from Cairns, c.1898.

Photo: Dr R. Lachlan (formerly Hale), © 1986. Taken at the Australian Museum while undertaking research under the Australian Museum Research Grant awarded to her in 1986, adminstered via the former Material Cuture Unit of James Cook University.



Although Dr Lachlan is a full time contemporary artist in the U.S.A. and Australia, she periodically provides advice and liaison on Australian anthropology and material culture, the focus of her first graduate qualification, and on the arts of India and East Asia which were the focus of her PhD.


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