Asmat Shield, probably Weo Village, Pomatsi River,  West Papua Province (Irian Jaya)

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Lot 39
Asmat Shield, probably Weo Village, Pomatsi River, West Papua Province (Irian Jaya)

Sold for US$ 4,750 inc. premium

African & Oceanic Art

11 May 2016, 10:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Asmat Shield, probably Weo Village, Pomatsi River, West Papua Province (Irian Jaya)
Wood, pigments
height 60 3/4in (154.3cm)

PROVENANCE
The Estate of William Jamieson, Toronto, Canada

According to Barlin (Beran and Craig, Shields of Melanesia, 2005: p. 157), 'Shields were used in fighting to extend, maintain or defend territory and to take heads. Yet they were not simply regarded as physical objects for protection, for they were representations of the immanence of the ancestors. "Shields were used in battle as physical protection against arrows and spears but their greatest power and threatening quality comes through the ancestors symbolized on the shields. The dead person after which a shield is named bestows on the carrier the strength, courage and the will to fight. The enemy will be...intimidated by the sight of the shield"...[Konrad et al. 1981: 43]'
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