Shield, Tijak Area, Eastern Asmat
This old and used shield was bought on the Upper Eilanden River Area during a field trip in 1986. At this time the people were still living nomadically in the forest in tree houses for safety. Sometimes you did not see any people going up river but on the way down there would be men waiting on the river bank to see who was in their area from the sound of an outboard motor on my canoe.
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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