Section for finely carved primitive shields armors from Asia. Head hunting and warfare played a central role in life and art of the Kenyah/Kayan people of Kalimantan, as well as other ethnic groups in Borneo. Success in war and taking heads was key to a young man’s status in the community. The heads trophies were displayed in the long houses. They were prized possessions seen as bringing good fortune to the village and prosperous harvests. During the battle, warriors were elaborately decorated including these highly decorated shields armors. These shields armors were used to defend at close range against swords known as Mandau. As well as at longer range the opponents spears and darts shot from blowpipes.
The shields armors offered both physical and spiritual or psychological defense to the bearer. The monster like faces on the front with protruding teeth were a depiction of a supernatural creature. Thus, intent was to unnerve and bring misfortune to the opponent while protecting the owner. The reverse side of shields armors was also decorated with designs. In this case the shield has stylised birds heads. shields like this were not only used in battle but also in war dance as a symbol of a mans courage.
Apart from this, shields are very beautiful home and wall decoration with tribal culture. Many designers have taken advantage of this cultural artworks. Shields can be used to enhance the empty wall of any hotels, restaurants, eateries, cafes, homes and office.
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