A VERY FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS SHIELD
Provenance: Private collection Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam
Julius Konietzko, Hamburg
Shields known as lave lave were worn by Solomon Islands people. They were long and thin, and made from cane, fibre and wood, aiming to be tough, but also light and manoeuvrable in the heat of battle. Lave lave were often decorated with pigment and their stained patterns would identify rank and tribal identity. As valued possessions, they would be passed down through generations. This shield is very elegant and in an excellent condition.
New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 90 x 26 cm
Bamboo with woven rattan, part stained designs, the reverse has a very old handle, Beginning of 20th century.
Price: € 4.000,-