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King of Broadwater

Billy Kelly’s gorget is notable in that the style in which the emu and kangaroo motifs are drawn suggest the work of a graphic artist.

Engraved breastplate.
Billy Kelly, King of Broadwater

The kangaroo is almost comically alive, scratching its side in a true-to-life kangaroo gesture. The slightly surprised-looking emu is also drawn in an animated fashion. Once again a xanthorrhoea is the token of Australian flora.

The gorget is well executed with neatly bevelled edges. The style of the lettering and decoration suggest late 19th to early 20th-century manufacture.

Creation of Aboriginal kings

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Creation of Aboriginal kings
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