Collection Online
earth pigments on wood
205.1 × 53.0 × 9.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Darium Hitam River, east 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 artists
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The oblong shaped shield decorated with two rows of red and white scroll works. Asmat people use 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 used, while black colour called sosak is made from crushed charcoal obtained from the fire. These colours are thought to contain magical properties.