Telefomin war shield

Telefomin war shield. Wood natural pigments. Ok-Min culture. Tabubil area. From the ceremonial house in Bultemabip village. Southern slopes of the Star Mountains. western Province. Papua New Guinea. Good condition with age surface war. Pre-contact 19th. century. Cm. 132h. (4'4"h.). Judging from the age, surface wear and carving style I would say that this shield is definitely pre-contact and carved with non-metal tools sometime between the mid 19th. century to the first quarter of the 20th. century. Numerous arrows embedded. EX Michael Hamson.

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