Indonesian Tribal Wood Shield Ibanic Sea Dayak Headhunters
A very unusual 20th century tribal wood shield from Pacific Islands region, possibly Ibanic Sea Dayak (headhunters)warrior.
DETAILS. A circular wood shield carved on the center with two humanoid figures in a dancing pose and facing each other surrounded by elaborately carved wide border. The back of the shield is affixed with a wood handle bound with rattan strips.
REFERENCES: A several related shields described as Ibanic Sea Dayak shields are published in the book Dayak Shields of Moroland Museum by Bruce Jenkins.
CONDITION: Showing age and usage, horizontal split in the wood.
The shield is, in fact, darker than it appears in the picture, because we had used a strong light during the photographing to show the fine details of the carving.
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 42.5 cm (16 47⁄64 inches)