Lumi shields from the Torricelli Mountains in Papua New Guinea’s West Sepik Province are so distinctive and recognizable that one tends to lump them together and gloss over them visually—as if your mind perceives the shield and then dismisses it as already known. I hope you can short circuit this natural response and contemplate the enigmatic nature of the design carved in such relief. It is surely insect-related but also somewhat figurative. There is movement, balance and symmetry on the somewhat square, somewhat curved shaped. All this I believe is heightened by the absence of color. The shield is of course pre-contact and stone-carved. It comes from a New York collection, dates to the early 20th century or before, is 38” (96.1 cm) in height and sells for $4800. Questions?