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War Shield, Monu Village, Unir River, W Asmat


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Collection No. TB-3420
Size ( 158x44cm)
War Shield, Monu Village, Unir River, W Asmat
War Shield, Monu Village, Unir River, W Asmat
War Shield, Monu Village, Unir River, W Asmat
War Shield, Monu Village, Unir River, W Asmat

This fine old Shield was field collected by me in 1985 and has been hanging on my wall since it arrived in Australia. The owner of the shield is seen in my field photograph, at the time I collected the shield there were NO tourists were allowed to visit the Asmat Area. Many of the shields and artworks I field collected at that time are now on permanent display at the superb The Musee du Quai Branly Museum in Paris and other Museums around the world. This shield has a beautiful back handle that is composed of a second ancestor figure.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art

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