A war shield of typical Yuat River construction of narrow rectangular shape with rounded corners. The slightly concave back with two vertical wood handles united by rattan covered wood rods was burnt to strengthen the wood. One of the coconut fiber tassels hanging from the orifices along the edge of the shield survives. The front of the shield is carved with three vertically placed fierce looking heads, two in relief and one shallow carved. These heads probably represent a powerful spirit called Raram. The indentations surrounding the heads probably represent spears The design and symbols depicted on these war shields was meant to scare the enemy, confronting him with powerful spirits or ancestors who protected the tribe. Warriors would hold one of these shields in one hand and a spear in the other. Biwat people, Yuat River area, Sepik, New Guinea, early 20th century.