Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

plaque depicting the "weapons of Moroland"
  • Philippines
  • plaque depicting the "weapons of Moroland", late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • wood, metal, paint, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 75 x 53.5 x 2 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 1/2 x 21 1/16 x 13/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7441
Description

The shield-shaped wooden plaque is painted black on the front with text that reads:
"WEAPONS of MOROLAND"
"PHILIPPINES"
The text was written at the top above a round shield-like decoration divided into thirds painted red, dark blue, and white with a yellow sun and three stars. A variety of knife-like weapons are arranged down the sides with the name painted below each. There is a large shield in the center, decorated with a scene of two palm trees in front of a blue ocean with land in the distance. There are spear-like weapons behind and to either side of the shield. There are two round shields below, and a bow with several arrows at the bottom.


The back is brown with a flat metal piece with a hole for a hanger at the top.