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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Papua New Guinean

Carved wooden figure of a warrior 1970-74

RCIN 94134

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Queen Elizabeth II made her first visit to Papua New Guinea in 1974, when she was presented with this sculpture by Prime Minister Michael Thomas Somare.

The wooden figure represents a warrior. His shield is carved in the distinctive 'hour-glass' shape of those used by the Motu people of the southern coastal area of Papua New Guinea, often in combination with a throwing spear. The carving mimics the central section of finely woven cane.