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Saul Solomon 
Aboriginal woman holding club 
1860s (ca) 
  
Carte de visite 
100 x 62 mm 
  
Oceania-Ethnographica 
Courtesy of www.oceania-ethnographica.com (#1039) 
  
 
LL/14383 
  
Printed on reverse: S. Solomon, School of Photography, 51 Rundle St. Adelaide.
 
A contrived studio setting using artefacts as props, but a very early and rare image. The subject, dressed in possum skins (southeast Australia), holds an enormous sword club (Northern Queensland); to her left leans a very long spearthrower (Queensland); below that a small club, lil-lil (probably from Western New South Wales), rests on an angle against a parrying shield; a coiled basket lies on the ground to her right. 
 

 
  
 
  
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