Taming Mindanao shield, Philippine Archipelago... - Lot 40 - Binoche et Giquello

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Taming Mindanao shield, Philippine Archipelago... - Lot 40 - Binoche et Giquello
Taming Mindanao shield, Philippine Archipelago
Black lacquered wood, rattan
D. 57 cm
Taming Mindanao shield, Philippines
D. 22 7/16 in
This very rare circular shield, of great antiquity, comes from the island of Mindanao, in the south-east of the Philippine archipelago. Its outer part, surrounded by rattan, is organized in a series of concentric circles, engraved on its periphery - by removing the wood - with a radiating decoration reminiscent of that of the shields of the Katu mountain tribes of Laos. In the centre, a cabochon stands out in the middle of a rosette extended at its cardinal points by four arabesques in the spirit of traditional Southeast Asian motifs. On the other hand, the handle, perhaps unique in its kind, is composed of a sort of hollowed-out cup, cut out of the mass and attached to the perimeter of the shield by four sorts of "legs" arranged in two perpendicular diameters. The note associated with a specimen of this type collected in 1903 from the Moro family and preserved in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington (324226) explains that the very original configuration of this handle also allowed this object to be used "as a hat".
There are few models of this type in European museum collections, with the exception of the one from the Musée d'Ethnographie du Trocadéro, acquired in 1889 (71.1889.51.4), and the one from the Valladolid Museum, which was collected between 1876 and 1880.
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