This striking Mendi shield comes from the Southern Highlands of New Guinea. It is carved from hardwood and has an engraved and painted design in ochres of red and white. Believed to be stone carved, with rope handle still intact. It shows signs of use to the reverse and still retains signs of over paint work to the front. It has been used from approx. 1930's through to the 1950's in tribal fighting and the shields tend to be repainted before each battle as can be seen with this piece. The bold design, typical of the Mendi Tribes of Southern Highlands. This is a lovely collector piece.