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Shield (baluse)

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By the 1980s most ancient baluse shields had departed Indonesia for Western collections, and people in Nias replaced the originals with modern copies. Made of lightweight wood, these shields are reinforced horizontally with fiber lashes. Their shape may allude to the head of a crocodile, an...

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By 1960/61, possibly Galerie Argiles Paris France; 1960/61, 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

Nias, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Nias, Indonesia


Overall: 126.5 x 29.5 x 10 cm (49 13/16 x 11 5/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Lightweight wood, rattan fiber


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor