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Philippine Bagobo Dance Shield

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This old example of a Bagobo Dance Shield has all original parts but does have some loss to the triangular tips sandwiched between the twin sets of wooden struts. This is fairly common on these type of Philippine shields and does not detract from the appearance of this fine piece. Typically the war shields are hewn from a heavier hard wood, so I'm surmising that because of it's lightweight composition and size that this was intended for dance. The shield measures 27 1/2" tall x 10 1/2" wide at the strut above the protruding central boss. The paint has some wear along the edges and on the struts, as well as some light scratches. the super fine rattan binding looks good but there is some minor loss to it on the struts above the central boss and handle. A nice late 19th - early 20th century example.

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