Lot: 18

Shield, late 19th / early 20th century

Indonesia - Sulawesi, Gulf of Tomini or Kulawi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German Collection H: 42.9 inch 2500 EUR / 5000 EUR

wood, black paint, rattan, nassa snails, hair,
According to Barbier, these distinctly narrow shields were used for war dances that included exhibition fights with the sword, as can be seen in an old photograph from 1919/20.

The shield is made from a single piece of light wood and was originally inlaid with triangular sections of bone and nassa shells. The hair that decorates the shields is said to have been of human origin in earlier times, supposedly from the victims of the owner of the shield.


Barbier, Jean Paul & Purissima Benitez-Johannot, Shields, Munich, London, New York 2000, p. 157, ill. 60