Lot 94: A fine and rare Upper Sepik shield

A fine and rare Upper Sepik shield, Iwam, Upper Sepik; Papua New Guinea

The shield of classical style, with serrated curvilinear designs and eye-like shapes, the center with a band of radiating zigzags. The whole with a fine old surface and coated with numerous applications of red, white, yellow and black pigment. The back with raised flanges and attached handle. H. 70 1/2"

Property of a New York Private Collector

Collected by Dr. Gerald Bloom as part of the Harvard epidemiological expeditions of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in the 1950's.

Price Realized: $2,400

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