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LOT 1847

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GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 930 - 1,170
USD ($) 970 - 1,210

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£720 (EUR 839; USD 874) (+bp*)

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LARGE PAPUA NEW GUINEA SHIELD
MID 20TH CENTURY A.D. OR EARLIER
60 in. (11.5 kg, 154 cm).

A heavy elliptical painted wooden shield with integral 'handle' at top, carved with figurative human faces, some emerging when the shield is rotated, some merging with animal forms including butterflies (or moths) and birds, creating animal-human hybrids; headdresses decorated with pellet and wave motifs; probably from the Sepik River area.

PROVENANCE:
By repute acquired from Bonhams, c.1990.
Property of a London gentleman.

CONDITION