Rare Telefomin Shield, Papua New Guinea
Lot 36
Rare Telefomin Shield, Papua New Guinea
Sold for US$ 10,625 inc. premium

Lot Details
Rare Telefomin Shield, Papua New Guinea Rare Telefomin Shield, Papua New Guinea
Rare Telefomin Shield, Papua New Guinea
height 63in (160cm)
most likely stone carved in high relief with motifs possibly representing a flying fox (sagaam); highlighted on the front with dark-brown, red-orange and white pigments.

Provenance:
Field collected by Wayne Heathcote, 1960's (a string tag on the reverse reads "WH 46" on one side and a sticker with "D Newton" handwritten on a label on the other side)
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, December 1966
Private New York Collection, acquired at the above by the present owner's brother

According to Hamson, The Elegance of Menace, 2005, p 56, "The very earliest pre-contact Telefomin shields have a depth and strength of carving to them that they move towards being a three-dimensional sculpture...the colors and graphic design are supposed to dazzle the eye of your enemies, arresting their movements and striking fear into their hearts."

Saleroom notices

  • "please note that the provenance should read: Field collected by Wayne Heathcote, not Douglas Newton, 1960's (a string tag on the reverse reads "WH 46" on one side and a sticker with "D Newton" handwritten on a label on the other side)
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