Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales. c.1850

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Description

[Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been superficially cleaned at some point, leaving the 200-year build up of verdigris patina in the recessed areas of the engraved design; the reverse with deep brown patina; original bronze chain still attached at one corner; [accompanied by] a fragile manuscript note describing the breastplate, 55 x 160 mm, written in ink on thin paper ruled by hand in graphite, the handwriting dating to around 1850.An unrecorded Aboriginal breastplate from the Macquarie era, dating to the earliest period of white settlement on the Shoalhaven River on the south coast of New South Wales.

Price: $30,000.00

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