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Bouclier de guerre

Highlands
Papua New Guinea

Bois sculpté et pigments
Courant du 20ème siècle
Hauteur : 140.5 cm

Probablement collecté in situ par Senta Taft
Ex collection Bob Wise

Publié : Voyages… Du Pacifique Nord au Pacifique Sud sur les traces du Capitaine Cook, 2019

Prix : sold

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These large shields, as tall as the men who used them, were used in clan wars that set the rhythm of the life in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The central design depicts the “Sun”, a classical representation on Wahgi shields.

War shields in the Highlands
In all parts of New Guinea, and notably in the central mountains (Highlands), the various clans or tribes constantly competed for control of the best lands. Shields were named after warriors. They were imbued with a life essence, or spirit, that connected them to their ancestors. When warfare was expected, warriors repainted their shields to ensure that the colors shone brilliantly against the sun to dazzle and threaten the opposing side.