Mendi War Shield, Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands Vergrößern
Mendi War Shield, Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands

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Mendi War Shield, Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands

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H: 114 cm (approx. 3’ 9”)

Estimated age: 1st half of the 20th century
Provenance: Formerly part of an Australian collection, Austrian private collection

Estimate: € 2.000 - 3.000

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900 €

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Mendi shields are used in battle as physical protection against arrows and spears, but their greatest power and threatening quality comes from the ancestors symbolized on the shields.

A very graphic war shield with traces of color pigments and decorated with two shells depicting a circle, probably a kind of protective motif. From a certain distance, we can almost make out a very abstract face!