Aboriginal Breastplate ‘King Jack of Bogewong’ #2014-0355
Crescent shaped brass breastplate engraved with words ‘King Jack of Bogewong’, and images of a kangaroo, a serpent, and an emu. The breastplate has holes at each apex where a chain could have been attached.
This breastplate relates to an Aboriginal individual, ‘King Jack’, who was probably associated with Bogewong Homestead in Queensland, near Longreach. The local Aboriginal group was the Malintji.
It was exhibited in the 1993-94 exhibition ‘Poignant Regalia’, which was curated by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and shown in venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth. The exhibition was a display of 183 Aboriginal breastplates held in public, regional and private collections in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.