Wooden war shield

Ref : Asmat 69

Wooden war shield Collected in central Asmat in the early 80's , the design on this shield depict S-shaped motifs called "eu wow" (eu means crocodile,  wow means woodcarving). The S-shape refers to a line along which the belly of a crocodile - or the belly of a head-hunting victim - was cut open. This line encloses, as it were, the soft part of the abdomen. At the top of the shield an ancestor figure with the head and arms in the front holding an ennemy skull and the rest of the body in the back. The designs are bold and uncluttered, the edge of the shield is pierced and decorated with sago-frond tassels.

Size: 180 x 55 cm

Estimated age : 1970