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.

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