Shield, Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

This is rare and old war dance shield of the Toraja people from the Indonesian island Sulawesi.

Wood with natural pigment color, three colors of hair (animal/human?), rattan, nassa shells, shell/bone?, some missing inlay, evident traces of age and use.

Height: 108 cm - 42.5 inch. Wide: 13 cm - 5.1 inch.

Provenance: The grandfather of the previous owner has bought or received the shield of Douwes Dekker. Niels Alexander Douwes Dekker (Born in 1911) was a great-grandnephew of Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker), author of Max Havelaar — the classic novel of life in the colonial East Indies. Niels Douwes Dekker was a professional photographer, artist, filmmaker, essayist, and public relations specialist, and also served as the head of the Netherlands East Indies Visual Information Service.

Literature: Shields - from the collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum, page 156

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