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A Superb Old New Guinea War Shield Motu People Central Province Papua New Guinea 19th C

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Size 87x52cm
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A Superb Old New Guinea War Shield Motu People from Central Province Papua New Guinea Dating from the 19th Century 

The elegant figure-eight shape of Motu Shields is a rarity out of the corpus of New Guinea Shields that tend to either be oval or rectangular. This has the finest balance where the upper half-circle is slightly larger than the bottom one. The original rattan binding is intact including the woven designs.  Such shields were used by the Motu, Koita, and Koiari peoples in the region around the capital of Port Moresby & Central Province.  Most of these Shields were collected in the 19th Century as after that period people near the Colonial Capital Port Moresby were quickly won over to Christianity,  these are rare as they stopped making them in the late 19th Century

New Guinea 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.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art

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