The complexly constructed shields of Karkar Island off the coast from Madang in Papua New Guinea are some of the rarest shields in Oceania. The shields were constructed of three wooden panels lashed together and completely covered by horizontal bands of cane. Harry Beran writes in “Shields of Melanesia” “Karkar shields are relatively rare in museum collections as warfare was suppressed around 1900” (Beran and Craig, 2005, p. 49). The present shield is ex. Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, dates to the late 19th century or before, is 47 ½” (120.6 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?