Shield

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
10467
Item name
Shield 
Category
Shield
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Gulf Province
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
October 26, 1967 
Acquisition method
Bequest from Father Leo Hayes 
Raw material
Wood; paint; rope
Dimensions
H: W: 467 mm L: 1170 mm D: 40 mm Circum:

Description

Shoulder shield 10467 appears to be made from a single piece of wood. Overall its shape is oblong - 1180mm high and 460mm wide. However, the shield has a deep 'notch' in the top, approx. 185mm high and 117mm wide, flanked by two projections of unequal height and width. This notch allows an archer's bow arm to pass through the shield; and whilst suspended over the shoulder the shield can at the same time protect the archer's torso. A broken rope, approx. 210mm long and 25mm in circumference, is knotted at one end and affixed through the shield. just below the notch. This fibre rope has been twisted and plied.
The back of the shield is undecorated. The front face of the shield has been carved in low relief, the decoration consisting of geometric patterns surrounding a dominant, stylised, standing human figure with upraised arms. Two pigment colours are identifiable in the design. One, a dark brown, is applied to the raised surface areas. The other, a light coffee colour, is applied to the recessed areas of the shield. Several patched of a whitish substance are apparent also in the recessed sections, and appear to cover the light coffee coloured pigment (Desley Badrick, 2000).

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