Arawe Shield

Arawe shield from West New Britain Papua New Guinea

Object Type: War Shield

Locality: Arawe or Kandrian West New Britain Papua New guinea

Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1950

Height: 124 cm

Description: Unlike most Arawe shields this is not a dance shield but an older authentic war shield.  Old war shields are larger have tighter better carved concentric circles and have clan motifs on the back.

These shields display very nicely on the wall and are a great addition to a shield collection.


Condition:  The shield has lost pigment on the back and the clan marks are not complete.  The three planks are tight but do not sit perfectly flat.

Price: SOLD


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Shields as Art
Like many other artifacts, this object is not just an artifact it is art. Collectors from around the world collect art from different regions. This art is Tribal art. In reality, Tribal art or ethnographic art is art from around the world.
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