This is an early Asmat shield collected by the Crosier missionary Father Ed Greiwe in 1975 in Batsun village along the Brassa River. It is deeply carved with an unusual stylized face on top. The hardwood shield has a wavy undulation to its shape retained from the original form of the Mangrove tree. The handle fits the hand comfortably and shows considerable age and wear. The shield dates to the mid 20th century or before, stands 69 ¼” (175.8 cm) in height and sells for $7500. Questions?