Old, pre-contact material from the Nggala people is very rare. This should surprise no one as the Nggala only numbered 140 souls living along a small stretch of the Upper Sepik River near the junction of the April River when Douglas Newton did his research in the 1960s (see the chapter on Nggala in his Crocodile and Cassowary book from 1971). This shield is ancient and carved with stone and bone tools prior to contact. It has a beautiful, soft minimalism to it that is enhanced by its monochrome light grey color. The stylized faces top and bottom are said to represent ancestral spirits, sometimes water spirits (Newton, 1971, p. 36). The present shield is ex. John Rix Collection of Sydney and the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. It dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, is 65 ½” (166.4 cm) in height. The price is available upon request. Questions?