Chris Boylan Oceanic Art

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North Coast, Papua New Guinea

Ex-Dimenstein collection, Los Angeles. Early 20th Century.

These shields probably ceased to be used for fighting by mid-20th Century, but were then often used as beds for sleeping by the warrior or his family. One similar shield I purchased from an old woman in the Ramu River area in the 1970s had belonged to the owner’s father; she had used it as her bed for over 40 years.

Beautiful fine triangular raised engraved design on the front; the back has a raised ridge around the edge of its upper half; typical of the older Ramu shields.

Size: 137 x 53 cm

Price: $4000

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