Object Title

Shield

Shield

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIA.173

Provenance

on Loan 221.26 to the Horniman Museum (no.1971-42), Dreadnought Building, August 1988.

Physical Description

Made of wood. There is a slight central ridge reinforced with an iron strip twisted and flattened at the ends into lozenge-shaped finials. It is reinforced at the top and bottom by transverse strips of cane bound on with diagonal stitches. It is painted with black circles forming stylised demon heads, and the front is decorated with fringes of human hair.


The inside is fitted with a long, vertical hand-grip, and is decorated with blue and red bands. The top band is fitted with loops of threads for a suspension strap.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The height of the shield is 1450 mm, the width being 515 mm. Weight: The weight of the shield is 2.7 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Borneo, Dyak

Notes

Compare an almost identical shield sold at Sotheby's, new York, Important tribal art, 18 November 1997 lot 110, from a Belgian private collection.