Well it would be hard to find a more ancient and battle-worn fighting shield from the New Guinea highlands than this present example. It comes from the Okapa area of the Eastern Highlands, probably Fore or Awa people. You can see the fine incised chevron motifs under a thick layer of aged patina and a pale orange painted design. The top is bound with a fiber, vegetal material border. There are numerous old arrow tips still embedded in the shield. The fiber handle and net bag on the reverse are intact. The shield is ex. Jolika Collection of Marica and John Friede and will be featured in the upcoming book on Highlands art from their collection. The piece dates to the early 20th century or before, is 47” (119.4 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?