Western Highlands Papua New Guinea.
61” tall by 25.5” wide
A bold war shield made by the Maring peoples of the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. The classic "X" pattern design is painted with natural pigments and follows the original patterns made by the dot holes. These early war shields were painted many times for rituals and battles. There is some native repair and pigment replacement on cracks. The top woven rattan is in good condition. The back has good large conference adz marks and a good patina form much age and use.
Good condition with a lot of use with some cracks and native repairs.
Previously in the collection of Kirby Lewis, Lewis Wara Gallery, Seattle, and Kirby's inventory number tag is on the back near the handle.