RARE 19TH C. TORAJA SHIELD FROM SULAWESI
Origin: Indonesia, Sulawesi, Gulf of Tomini, Toraja People (Provenance: Ex. James Willis San Francisco, Ex. Erik Farrow- San Raphael CA, Ex. Josh Dimondstein- Los Angeles)
Period/Date: 19th century
Materials: wood, rattan, bone, nassa shell, human hair
Description: Unlike other Indonesian shields, it is not often you see once of these for sale. These were made in small numbers and this one features classic old-world craftsmanship and construction. Panels of inset shell and bone are punctuated by lavish tuffs of brown and black hair likely from fallen victims. It is in good condition and has acquired a dry varied patina from extensive use.
CF. p 156-157, "Shields" from the Collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Prestel, copyright 2000
Dimensions: Length 43" (109 cm), Width 5" (13 cm), Depth 4" (9.5 cm)
Price: $7000 Currency Conversion A custom stand or wall bracket may be ordered for an additional fee
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