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Asmat shield

Photo: Susan Cole

Asmat shield

early 20th century

Swirling spirals push across this shield, referencing curved nose ornaments made of shell that are a standard Asmat accessory. It, in turn, imitates the tusks of fierce wild boar whose aggressive attacks from the depths of a forest are common occurrence.
Wood and pigment
85 1/2 x 25in. (217.2 x 63.5cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Griffin, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Published ReferencesMcClusky, Pamela, The Art of War, A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 139, illus. 118.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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