Shield - Plant fibre, Wood, pigments - Asmat - West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)

Shield - Plant fibre, Wood, pigments - Asmat - West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)
2nd half 20th century - Good

Asmat Shield
Irian Jaya, southwest of New Guinea, Indonesia.
Second half of the 20th century.
Wood, vegetable fibres and pigments.
Height: 170 cm; Width: 42 cm; Depth: 6 cm.
(A significant crack and damages).

Shield in a rectangular shape, animated by a decoration in relief, composed of stylised volutes, highlighted with orange pigments on a white background. These motifs refer to body decorations, worn by men of this region. The decoration of the shield ends into a punctuation of bunches of vegetable fibres.
It is topped by a seated ancestor.
The backside of the shield is entirely white, marked by two lines with orange volutes, and in addition to the handle, it also presents a vertical central line in relief which ends into a hand.

Hand-delivery possible in Paris or in Saint-Ouen.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)
pigments, Plant fibre, Wood
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
170×42×6 cm
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