Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Philippines
  • shield, circa 1954
  • Where object was made: Philippines ?
  • wood, boar hair, paint, cotton, plant fiber, carving, incising, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 99 x 45 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 39 x 17 11/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Elizabeth Sherbon
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4178

The wood shield is divided into three sections by horizontal wooden bars fastened onto the front and back with woven plant fibers. The top section is rounded at the top then flares out at the crossbar. The middle section is flared at the top and bottom and curves inward in between. In the center front side is a slightly raised large circle with a more prominent smaller circle raised within it. The bottom section is similarly flared at the top and bottom. The edges of the bottom two sections and the raised circle in the center are rimmed with tufts of boar hair. On the back in the center is a carved wooden handle with a recess behind it to accommodate the carrier's hand. Behind the handle is dark pink and white plaid cloth. There are two loops of woven plant fiber at either end of the handle.

Both the front and back are painted in black and dark reddish brown. the lines around the designs are incised. On the front, there are two wide black lines around the entire edge and three wide black lines vertically down the center. There are concentric black circles on the raised part of the center. The rest is filled with reddish brown. On the back, the top and bottom sections have reddish brown on the edges and a vertical red bar down the center. The rest is filled with black. The middle section has black on the edges and the rest is filled with reddish brown.