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Eagle fighter

synthetic polymer paint on wood, metal, cotton
163.9 × 63.1 × 13.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Tomba, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2002
© the artist
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Gallery location
Not on display
The rectangular shield is made from hard wood and is traditional in shape and form. The design follows that of traditional Waghi shields in that it is bilaterally symmetrical and based on a repetition of bold geometric elements. Although its design elements are abstract in appearance, they refer to the natural world as suggested by the name of the shield - Eagle fighter, which also serves to signify the fighting prowess of its owner.