19th C. Round Philippine MORO FIGHTING SHIELD w/ Native Repair
19TH C. PHILIPPINE MORO FIGHTING SHIELD WITH NATIVE REPAIR
Origin: Central Philippines, Moro People
Provenance: Found in an old San Francisco Collection, Brought back from the Philippine American War
Materials. Wood, split bamboo, rattan, pitch resin, charcoal and red paint
Description: This great shield features an elegant painted Islamic design motif around its central boss. Another appealing feature is the careful native repair technique that was used to fix a horizontal crack near the rim. It is very detailed and textural. The exterior on the rim is surrounded by a split piece of bamboo secured with small wooden pegs. This element help to reinforced and protect the edge from damage. The backside has the classic relief-carved passthrough arm handle which has acquired a notable use patina. There are some old numbers in pencil on the back side.
Measurements: 28 inches across by 3" deep