Dayak war shield

Ref : Dayak 31

Dayak  war shield
An important old war shield originating from Kenyah tribes of Eastern Kalimantan,  the surface is adorned with rows of human hair from the victims of early headhunting raids, these human hair talismans were designed to protect and empower the owner in battle.

The shield measures 41 inches in height and 15 inches in width and it is painted in native pigments of black charcoal and a red organic plant pigment mixed with a tree resin binder

Size : 115 x 37cm / 41.5 x 14.5 Inch

Circa 1950