Very good condition overall. Chips, scratches, marks and abrasions throughout consistent with the object’s age and use within the culture. Multiple small insect holes scattered throughout and larger areas of insect damage to reverse. Heavy wear to the top edge. To the front, one hairline crack to the centre at the top approximately 5cm long, another two cracks to the centre both approximately 5cm long. Many vertical cracks to reverse, and subsequent minor splitting of the wood in some areas.
Two small modern hooks and two modern nails in reverse for hanging. Dark patina, flaking and encrusted in places. Label bearing Elizabeth Pryce collection inv. no. EP-201 on reverse of shield. "FA450" and "Simbai" hand written in white on reverse.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."