Mendi war shield

War shield. Mendi village. Circa 1950 cm. 123 x 42 wood natural pigments.Glossy patina on the dark brown reverse wood surface.
There were three shields type among the Mendi : the large rectangular shoulder shield (SHOMO), the bowmen' s oval wooden shoulder shield (WORRUMBI) and the wooden under-arm shield (ELAYABORR). This item is from the second type (WORRUMBI), carried only when clans opposed each other in open lines of battle. Of elongated ovoid form, the front with a central ridge running longitudinally top to bottom, decorated with traditional designs in white and red pigment, pierced twice slightly above center for attachment of fiber cord.

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