KIWAI MAN’S PUBLIC SHIELD YADERE-ERE – Western Papua New Guinea – 19th to early 20th C
Men of the peoples living around the muddy estuarine waters of the western shores of the Gulf of Papua from Goaribari Island to the mouth of the Fly River, and further into Islands of the Torres Strait, wore these public shields cut from large of the ‘Helo’ or bailer shell. They would wear them during raids and in warfare with the neighboring tribes, and also when dancing was required on ceremonial occasions.
shell, original woven fibre binding
24cm high – 18cm wide – 7,5cm depth
Ex European Private Collection
All dimensions are without the mounting