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Fighting Shield

Fighting Shield by Unknown artist

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The Ramu River is in the Madang province of New Guinea, and the tribes of this area are famous for their carvings. This mask possibly symbolizes Ndaro, a supernatural being. It is not an actual fighting shield but a showpiece and trophy intended to look like a used shield. The associated language group of this area are the Banaro people, who reach into the Upper Kerim river also. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Title
Fighting Shield
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
wood, pigment
Dimensions
1050 x 460 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988
Accession no
C1994/1/288
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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