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This striking Western Highlands fighting shield from the Wahgi Valley is carved from hardwood and has a unique pecked and painted design covering the piece. Collected from New Guinea in the 1970's it and has a nice organic form with a striking hand painted design in earth pigments and shows signs of use to the reverse. It has been used from approx. 1960's through to the 1980's in tribal fighting and the shields tend to be repainted before each battle. This particular shield shows the scars of battle over much of the front of the piece, still has the armband intact and has a lovely shape and contour, the colors are vibrant. It is made of solid wood and has been flamed dried over a fire showcasing its early origins. Although the artist who painted this shield is unknown – it is a stunning collectors piece and very rare to find on the open market today.
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