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Shield

Native NameKalasag
Object Number:P2977B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Bagobo
Provenience: Philippine Islands
Mindanao
Davao
Date Made: Before 1910
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1910
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Horsehair
Bamboo
Pigment
Technique:Carved
Height: 102 cm
Width: 56 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Misses Elizabeth H. Metcalf and Sarah S. Metcalf, 1914

Description

Oblong wooden shield divided into thirds by horizontal strips of bamboo. Incised black geometric designs in zones which echo the outside contours. Tufts of white horsehair along sides and top and around central boss. A dress shield, carried at festivals by Bagobo men of southern Mindanao, in the Philippines. This shield was collected by two sisters from Worcester, Massachusetts named Sarah and Elizabeth Metcalf, who were inspired by their encounter with Bagobo at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904 to move to Mindanao, where they made an extensive collection of textiles, ornaments, weapons, tools, musical instruments and other artifacts. This shield is one of over a thousand Bagobo objects purchased from the Metcalf sisters by the Penn Museum.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Casal, Gabriel S. 1981. The People and Art of the Philippines.. Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 158View Objects related to this Type Citation

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