This is a superb example of a rare type of shield from the Motu or Mailu culture, Hood Bay area of Papua New Guinea’s Central Province on the southern side of the island. The center section of the figure eight is covered with a woven cane sheath, incorporating intricate chevron motifs into the design, which is woven directly on to the shield. The shield was field collected by missionaries of the Sacred Heart (S.v.D.), ex coll. Mission of the Sacred Heart, Borgenhout, Belgium and collected circa 1890. Only about ten other examples are known to exist. Notably that in the Ethnographical Museum, Florence. It is the pair to the one illustrated in Harry Beran and Barry Craig’s “Shields of Melanesia” book on page 188 (Fig. 7.5). The present shield is ex. Anthony Meyer and comes from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, dates to the mid 19th century, is 36 7/8” (93.7 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?