Shield, Maring People, Western Highlands Papua New Guinea
This old and well-used shield was collected in PNG in the late 1960s, the bold design is started by an incised pecking that becomes the outline for the design that is painted in red, white and black ochre. This shield has signs of being used in battle with arrows embedded in the front of the shield. Maring Artist have a range of designs that they use on their shields, each design is likely to belong to a specific clan and can be easily recognized by enemies and clansmen alike. Warfare was widespread among traditional enemies in neighboring areas.
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