FIGHTING SHIELD, worrumbi, Mendi Valley, Southern Highlands, PNG.
These shields, called worrumbi ( generally made from the wood of the worr tree ) and always oval in shape. This is a fine old shield, early contact period, with good patina. The design is typical Mendi abstract design, with the outer lines engraved into the surface of the shield. Note the fine pecked detail, that covers the red areas.
Size: 131 x 40 cm