Shield, reipi

Shield, reipi
Shield, reipi
Date:
early 20th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Wood, Pigment, Bark Fiber
Dimensions:
123 x 59 x 21 cm (48 7/16 x 23 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Melpa And Imbongu Language Speakers
Accession Number:
2007.44.40
Acquisition Date:
2007-10-11
Credit Line:

Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III

Exhibition History:

2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.

Carved wood from reipe, or teipe tree. The design is abstract: circles and triangles punctuated into surface and painted colors made from ochres, outlined in charcoal to highlight the dark and light elements. The central circle is a navel; inside are swiftlet wings; the small circle above depicts a forehead decoration made of shell; and on the sides are designs like those painted on the cheeks of dancers.

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