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Mendi Valley Fighting Shield - mid 20th century

natural earth pigment on wood
136.0 x 40.0 x 3.0 c
EST. $2,500 - $3,500

MP #224


New Guinea Primitive Arts, NSW
Private Collection, NSW

Fighting Shield, Mendi Valley, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.


Used by warriors in battle; the red figure is most probably an ancestor figure, who will help protect the warrior. There are several layers of paint, indicating the shield may have had several traditional owners.