Online gallery for finely carved primitive shields armors from Asia. Very beautiful home and wall decoration with tribal culture.
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 taken heads were displayed in the long houses and were prized possessions seen as bringing good fortune to the village and prosperous harvests. In battle the warriors were elaborately decorated including these highly decorated shields. These shields armors were used to defend at close range against swords known as Mandau and at longer range the opponents spears and darts shot from blowpipes, shields armors
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 whose intent was to unnerve and bring misfortune to the opponent while protecting the owner. On the better shields the reverse side was also decorated with designs.In this case the shield has stylised birds heads. shields armors like this were not only used in battle but also in war dance as a stately symbol of a mans courage.