This rare shield is not from the Motu area but further to the southeast in the Abau area on Papua New Guinea’s southern coast in the Central Province. Abau shields are much rarer than the even scarce Motu hour-glass shaped shields. This example is superb and is the one selected by John Friede to be illustrated in his New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection book, fig. 426. It has a extremely fine woven mid section and nice remains of bird feathers. There is an old native repair on the top edge. The shield dates to the 19th century, is 32-1/2” (82.1 cm) in height. The price is available upon request. Questions?