Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Ifugao or Negrito peoples
  • shield, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • plant fiber, wood, paint, string, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 91 x 69 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 13/16 x 27 1/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of the Olga E. and Lt. Colonel Raymond H. Hollis family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4175

The shield is oval shaped with pointed ends. The shield is made from plant fibers woven in a herringbone pattern with thin strips of wood on the outside edges attached with green string for stabilization. On the back is a framework of thin pieces of wood arranged with one circle in the middle, eight spokes going to the edges and crossing in the center. There are two smaller pieces of wood crossed in the center of the back for a handle. On the front, the shield is painted black with red designs of a sun in the center, a larger sun around that one, a row of dots, a row of connected triangles, and on the edge, a row of connected diamonds, with dots in the center and in between the diamonds.