Salawaku Dance Shield, Moluccas, Indonesia.
Shields of this type were used as a protection during fights and for the Cakalele Dance, a kind of ceremonial war dance originating from North and Central Maluku.
This antique hourglass shaped shield is carved from soft wood, has a blackened faceted surface and is decorated with pieces of white porcelain.
Condition; matt black patina, abrasion of paint, fissures, signs of wear and use.
H: 60 cm - 23.6 inch.