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Vayola (War Shield)

20th century
Wood and pigment
State: Likely made for Performance

29 1/2 in. x 13 3/4 in. x 13/16 in. (75 cm x 35 cm x 2 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2004.2.38
Other Number(s): 99.16.33 (Incorrect Accession No.)
173 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Kiriwina Islands (Trobriand Islands)
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Weapons; Accessories
Culture/Nationality: Oceanic, Possibly Northern Massim

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This object has the following keywords:
  • Oceanic - Cultures and styles of various regions in Oceania, comprising islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean (generally excluding Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), but including Australia.
  • Papua New Guinea
  • shields - General term for armor pieces carried in the hand or on the arm, used to parry an opponent's blows or provide shelter from projectiles. They have existed worldwide throughout history in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • A Curious Group; a cabinet of curiosities Bryn Mawr College , Apr 4, 2014 – Jun 30, 2014

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Carrie Robbins and Nathanael Roesch. A Curious Group. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, April 4–June 1, 2014
    Figure Number: Violence 1

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Ralph C. Altman, Masterpieces from the Sir Henry Wellcome Collection at UCLA (Los Angeles, California: UCLA, January 1, 1966), 123, 133. Figure Number: 328
  • Joshua Bell and Harry Beran. Shadows of New Guinea: Art from the Great oceania island in the Barbier-Mueller Collection (Geneva: Somogy Editions D'Art, 2007), 178-179, 370. Figure Number: Illus. 2, Cat. 91

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