Arawe war shield

War shield. Wood,trade paint and natural pigments. West New Britain. Arawe region. Circa 1950 cm. 145 x 28.
These shields, the most distinctive war shields of New Britain, are made from three planks of wood and come from the Arawe region in the south-west of New Britain. The planks that make up a shield are tied together with rattan to form an oblong shape. Each plank is convex from side to side, at the front. The central plank is usually broader and thicker than the other two and contains the recessed vertical grip.

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