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Arawe shields (ilo) are polyxylous, combining several planks of wood from a species of palm tree that are bound together by natural fibers. The front of the shields follow a relatively uniform decorative pattern of either four, six, or eight pairs of concentric circles with several bands of...

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By 1974, Island Carvings, Lae, Papua New Guinea; 1974, sold by Island Carvings to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

20th century

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 129 x 30 x 6 cm (50 13/16 x 11 13/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, rattan, lime, pigment


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor