Shield, Asmat People, Papua New Guinea - Sold
Shield, Asmat People, Papua New Guinea - Sold
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Shield, Asmat People, Papua New Guinea - Sold

Title: Shield Material: Wood, fiber and pigment People: Asmat Country: Papua New Guinea Shields were used to protect against the physical and spiritual powers of the enemy. A shield always represented an ancestor and the ancestor's spirit was believed to be present in the shield and made the owner fierce, powerful and invincible. The colors have magical qualities that represent different aspects of the Asmat world, both seen and unseen. Some motifs and symbols were believed to be so powerful that just by seeing these symbols, the enemy would flee in terror or be immobilized in fear. But such powerful symbols required strict rituals of appeasement. A special feast,was held to call upon the ancestor's spirit to enter the war shields. Dimensions: 53" high by 15" wide by 8" deep
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