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earth pigments on wood, seeds, bamboo
167.2 × 60.2 × 5.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Jipare village,northwest Asmat,West Papua
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Chris Boylan, Governor, 2003
© the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
The leafate shaped shield decorated with carved solid horse-shaped patterns all heightened with red pigments. Asmat people used three colours: white, red and black. White paint called mbi is made from mussel shells; red paint called wasah is taken from the ground and burned before use. These colours are thought to contain magical properties.