SW-21 Shield, Wahgi Valley

Shields & Weapons

SW-21 Shield, Wahgi Valley

Western Highlands, PNG.

This is an early shield most probably carved after contact as it shows use of steel; but it is early and the design motifs have that archaic feel. The geometric motifs are outlined with very fine punctated holes. Shields of the Wahgi Valley are certainly among the largest shields in the world; two or three warriors with bows and arrows can hide behind a single shield.


165 x 61 cm

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