Mendi Shield-Southern Highlands-New Guinea Art-Oceanic Art Here is an ancient Mendi shield from Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands Province. It combines layers of bold colors on a traditional design with a backside showing great age and pre-contact adze marks. The dark brown patina is as good as it gets. The shield dates to the early 20th century, is 47” (119.5 cm) in height and sells for $6500. Questions?