Shield Asmat, Monu Village, North West Asmat Area
This fine old shield was collected at Monu Village on the upper Unir River in the North West Asmat Area, South Coast of West Papua (Irian Jaya) Indonesia. Small Shields like this example are of the older style that was replaced by large and more decorative shields made for the art market. The man in the field photograph was the owner and his name is recorded along with the name of his grandfather who carved this shield.
Asmat Shields were important objects that venerated their ancestors, each shield had a personal name and when invoked during warfare the enemy was said to be frightened or stunned and easy to kill.
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