Glenbow's wonderful collection from Papua New Guinea is focused on the Wosera, Abelam, and Middle Sepik areas with smaller collections from the Highlands, Trobriand Islands, and other regions. The collection also includes items from other islands in Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.

Canoe Shield,Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

Canoe Shield
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
ca. 1950s
palm wood, bamboo, cassowary feathers, paint
EC 115

Canoes are the main form of transportation along the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea. Traditionally they are decorated with shields showing clan symbols and other emblems of power to ensure both speed and success.

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