Arts of the Pacific Islands
Wood, fiber, pigment
33 5/8 x 11 5/8 x 2 in. (85.4 x 29.5 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
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Elema. Shield, 19th century. Wood, fiber, pigment, 33 5/8 x 11 5/8 x 2 in. (85.4 x 29.5 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 00.135. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.135.jpg)
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The object is a carved wooden shield that is worn over the shoulder. It has decorative patterns in low relief with white and red pigment in recessed areas and black pigment in relief areas. The shield is a rectangular shaped plank with two hornlike extensions from the top. Inside the rectangular field on the front are stylized facial features. Red is used only in the recesses of the eyes, mouth, and in a bull’s-eye motif on the upper, proper left, extension. The object's reverse is un-carved and undecorated. The structure of the shield is generally intact with a couple of fine hairline cracks along the length of the shield. No breaks are visible. Small chips, dents, and nicks can be found at the corners and edges of the shield. Shallow scratches and dents can be seen throughout piece.
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