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The art of the Trobriand Islands is mostly two-dimensional, with painted or carved designs often covering an object's entire surface. The patterns on all Trobriand shields are similar and have specific meanings. Here, the small pronged forms are stars, the heads on the sides at top are fish, and...

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Formerly in collection of the private Pitt Rivers Museum, Farnham, England. Illustrated in and purchased from, Sotheby's "Important Tribal Art," New York, November 1985.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, late 19th century


83.82 cm (33 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania


Arms and armor