From: Philippine Islands | Mindanao | Davao

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Native Name Kalasag
Object Number P2977B
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bagobo
Provenience Philippine Islands | Mindanao | Davao
Date Made Before 1910
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Horsehair | Bamboo | Pigment
Technique Carved

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.

Height 102 cm
Width 56 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Misses Elizabeth H. Metcalf and Sarah S. Metcalf, 1914

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