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  • War Shield, Bahinemo, Middle April River, Upper Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
  • War Shield, Bahinemo, Middle April River, Upper Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
  • War Shield, Bahinemo, Middle April River, Upper Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
  • War Shield, Bahinemo, Middle April River, Upper Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
  • War Shield, Bahinemo, Middle April River, Upper Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

War Shield, Bahinemo, Middle April River, Upper Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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A large 19th-century Tribal Shield from Papua New Guinea, the oval shield carved in high relief with a central spirit face amongst scrolling ornament into which further spirit faces are carved. The borders with chevron dentiles.
Papua New Guinea, 19th century or earlier.

Height 180cm 5’11”
Width 63cm 4’1″

A similar shield with many distinct similarities sold Sothebys 2018 – ART OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND THE AMERICAS
https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/art-of-africa-oceania-americas-n09856/lot.114.html?locale=en

Attributed to Michelangelo Maestri (Italian, d. 1812)

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