This Sulka shield, gaile, comes from the Wide Bay area, southern coast of East New Britain, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. It was collected pre-WWI by the Sacred Heart Mission and was kept in their museum in Oeventrop, Germany until purchased by Thomas Schultze-Westrum in 1969. This is one of the rare Sulka shields actually old enough to be used in real combat in the 19th century. There are numerous arrow holes and indentations from club strikes. The designs on the front have been identified in the research as salmunu, the bird whose cries signal the approach of enemy warriors (Menter in Form, Color, Inspiration: Oceanic Art from New Britain, 2001, p. 132). The reverse is gorgeously carved in relief, whereas most are merely painted. The cane binding around the edges shows a dark patina from generations of use. It dates to the mid 19th century, is 49¾” (126.4 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?