Fighting Shield

Fighting Shield

  • Artist

    Unknown artist

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    wood, pigment

  • Size

    1050 x 460 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Jul 1988

  • Department

    International Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    shields (armor), carvings

  • Chartwell Notes

    Please note: We have been unable to obtain direct approval for this image but we acknowledge the original maker. If the copyright owner is able to contact us, we will immediately respond. Regards, Chartwell.

  • Description

    The Ramu River is in the Madang province of New Guinea, and the tribes of this area are famous for their carvings. This mask possibly symbolizes Ndaro, a supernatural being. It is not an actual fighting shield but a showpiece and trophy intended to look like a used shield. The associated language group of this area are the Banaro people, who reach into the Upper Kerim river also. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Exhibition history