BALUSE

 

  • Shield
  • Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Wood, rattan, paint, iron
  • Length: 120 cm, width: 26 cm
  • 19th Century
  • Ex-collection: P. Lamaison van Heenvliet, 1857-1941

 

The characteristic shape of this shield is interpreted differently: as a leaf of the banana tree, as a crocodile or as a bottom view of a large prahu.

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