19th Century Philippine Kalinga Headhunter War shield!
Origin: Philippines, N. Luzon, Kalinga People (found in an old collection in Philadelphia PA)
Period/Date: Late 19th century
Materials: Hardwood, rattan, charcoal/ oil paint, bees wax
Description: Here's a fine example of a Kalinga warrior shield in the black. Its aggressive angles make it an elegant form. It features three rows of handsome intact crisscross rattan binding on its upper and lower portion. The presence and condition of the rattan is very important to its value. To the warrior, it was important for the integrity of the shield during combat. The rattan insured that it stayed together and didn't break from sword and spear impacts. In very good condition for its age. Its diamond shape central boss and around it have normal dings, dents and chop marks evident from battle use and warfare. A Kalinga warrior can be seen in the last photo holding a similar shield.
Dimensions: Height 48 3/8" (123 cm), Width 13.5" (34.5 cm)