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This shield, from the Dayak peoples, was used in warfare and was particularly common in central Borneo. It is made of light brown wood and is reinforced horizontally with four rows of rattan lashes in a slightly concave rectangular form.


By 1960 or 1977, Galerie Argiles Paris France; 1960 or 1977, sold by Galerie Argiles to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Dayak peoples, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Kalimantan (Island of Borneo), Indonesia


Overall: 111 x 40.5 x 10 cm (43 11/16 x 15 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, rattan


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor