Kurabit Warrior’s Shield, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia.
Wood with natural pigment color, spiral motifs on both sides, good condition to age, a nice patina on the handle and the over all shield has good patina from age and use. According information from the "Tropenmuseum" in Amsterdam it's possible that the shape of the shield symbolizes the contour of a crocodile.
It measures 110 cm / 43.3 inches long. On the backside is written in pencil (in Dutch):
Gekregen 8 januari 1931, Den Haag, speren 3, pijlen 26 = Received January 8, 1931, The Hague, 3 spears, 26 arrows
Provenance: From an old Dutch Collection