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B21 Shield, Nipa Valley


Nipa Valley, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea

This shield shows a typical Nipa Valley design – the central circle. On occasions the whole shield is painted white, but here it has been reduced to a simple line around the dramatic red circle in the centre.  The rest of the shield has been left natural wood, which has blackened over time; probably from storage in a smoky hut or above a fire, that helps to harden and protect the wood of the shield.  The red design is fresh, and most probably re-painted several times over its life.


Size: SIZE: 136 X 42 CM

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