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Lot 0348
**Originally Listed At $600**

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large wooden shield with an overall rectangular composition and finely-carved details that form a symmetrical design - an abstract depiction of a dual-ended creature with a mutual diamond-shaped midsection. Each half of the creature has two curved arms, a diamond-shaped neck which forks into two multi-branched projections, and a lobed head with two sharply curved, tendril-like horns. The figure itself is outlined in black with accompanying red details atop a white ground. Abstract geometric designs adorn the peripheral edges of the shield, and six small drilled perforations have raffia fed through them. The back has a sturdy, unpainted handle. Size: 15.7" W x 66" H (39.9 cm x 167.6 cm)

Provenance: private Eason Eige Collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Surface cracks, especially down the middle at one end. Very nice preservation of pigment as shown.

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20th C. Large Papua New Guinea Wood Shield

Estimate $1,100 - $1,650Jul 30, 2018