Lot 39

TWO KOROWAI SHIELDS, WESTERN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Both shields of oblong form with a curved top, the shields have carved motifs highlighted in white and black pigments, Such shields are used as practical weapons in fighting but are also thought to embody the spirit and strength of ancestors who would bestow their power onto the warrior, 159cm and 185.4cm high, (2)
Provenance: Collected by Oxford Humanities between 1984 and 1987, Western Papua New Guinea,
Footnotes: The Korowai are a people who live in West Papua, widely speculated to be among the last people on earth to still practice cannibalism.

Estimate: £2,000-£3,000