Here's something a bit different. I do like to mix it up! This is a war shield from the Bontoc Tribe of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. They were headhunters. They would carry an axe or a spear with this shield. The shield was made for tribal use and shows the right kind of wear to be just that - not a tourist piece by any means. It is about 34 1/2" long and about 12" wide. It has a central ridge on the front and a concave back with a carved grip. It is made of hardwood with rattan or woven cane bands. Two carved curved bands decorate the front of the shield as well.
The condition is good - the wear is part of its history and from a lot of use. Some of the rattan bands are worn or missing. But again it was used in combat so it's not surprising. The surface has a nice patina of age throughout. It is from around 1900.
It's a very nice genuine ethnographic piece for a collector or as an unusual decoration. And if you're just tired of the same old same old in your man cave, here's something quite different! .
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