Arm Guard Marind Anim People from West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia
|Size||Height 27cm x Diameter 12cm|
This superb large and finely woven rattan Bowman’s Armguard is from the Marind Anima Tribe on the South Coast of West Papua, Irian Jaya Indonesia
This kept an achers forearm from getting cut if the bowstring breaks which could cut an artery and cause death. Dating from the 19th Century. I field-collected this fine arm guard in Kuper Village from Gabriel Mahuze, it belonged to his grandfather.
The Marind Amim People I spent a lot of time within the years 1986- 1987, I made over 30 trips to this area of West Papua and was very privileged to be able to see the amazing traditional Dema performances that were seen for the first time since the beginning of the early 20th Century.
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