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Tall Irian Jaya Asmat Tribal Shield Indonesia on Custom Iron Stand

The dramatic Asmat Irian Jaya tribal design of this hand carved and painted Aboriginal shield from Indonesia is quite bold. Originally shields such as this were used to parry blows from a club when in heated battle with an enemy. That is why there is a handle on the reverse of the shield large enough to fit a hand through to wield the entire piece. The raised decoration is emphasized by the use of chalk based paint that delineates the sections effectively. This shield retains its original knotted hemp decoration seen around the perimeter and is now mounted for display on a custom iron stand. Among the Asmat, war shields are the most powerful symbolic element of a warrior's equipment, and have many layers of meaning. Traditionally, they were functional items used to protect warriors in battle by deflecting an enemy's spears and arrows. The carved and painted images on the surface of the shields were also intended to frighten the enemy and symbolize the power of the ancestors.
# GSA203

DIMENSIONS

21.00" w x 8.00" d x 72.00" h

53.34cm w x 20.32cm d x 182.88cm h

The dramatic tribal design of this hand carved and painted shield is quite bold. Originally shields such as this were used to parry blows from a club when in heated battle with an enemy. That is why there is a handle on the reverse of the shield large enough to fit a hand through to wield the entire piece. The raised decoration is emphasized by the use of chalk based paint that delineates the sections effectively. This shield retains its original knotted hemp decoration seen around the perimeter and is now mounted for display on a custom iron stand.