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Sépik Shield (N° 25108)

Convex and oblong, this shield of medium size and endowed with a handle carries engravings in relief drawing facial features. Matte patina, discreetly colored highlights.
Melanesia, in the Pacific Ocean, includes Papua (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands. The population is the result of successive migrations resulting in racial heterogeneity resulting in many languages and great artistic diversity. Most of these communities were organized into male societies with ceremonial huts in which statues, masks and ritual objects were stored. The masks produced by these groups represent ancestral spirits in which they incarnate. Funeral rituals are used to honor spirits in order to reach their ultimate destination.  


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OriginEx-collection belge
Height cm55
Width30 cm
Weight1.50 Kg

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