Massim Trobriand Islands Painted Carved Shield

  • Massim Shield

OBJECT TYPE
Shield
LOCALITY
Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province, PNG
MATERIALS
Wood, fibre

DESCRIPTION

A Massim Shield of decorative 2-dimensional carving covered with low relief abstract designs. The incised elements are infilled to emphasis detail. A major motif is curvilinear interlocking scrolls which some researchers believe could be derived from the early Dongson metalwork of southeast Asia.

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