19TH C. PHILIPPINE KALINGA WAR SHIELD W/ PERFECT BINDING!
Origin: Philippines, N. Luzon, Kalinga People (Provenance: Ex. Collection of Captain Wallace Cadet Taylor. Born in 1872 in Winona Illinois. He served as a civilian volunteer both in the Philippine American war- 1899-1902 and Spanish American war 1898. He was ranking officer of the Philippine constabulary. This Kalinga shield was collected in situ during his deployment in 1899. Click on the youtube video about "Captain Taylor" from the Nebraska State Historical Society.)
Period/Date: Circa 1870-1890's
Materials: Hardwood, rattan, charcoal/ oil paint
Description: This is a strong example is not only impressive in design and condition, but it also has strong provenance as well! This traditional and handsome early shield retains all of its original rattan binding which is rare but very desirable. It is unusual to see one this old with "perfect rattan" binding, not a broken or missing stitch anywhere! Another noteworthy feature is the size and shape of its diamond central boss. This relief-carved region in the center is large and bold and well-formed.
It has acquired an excellent patina from use and you can see the color of the natural wood with layered patina inside the handle. The crucial function of the rattan was to add strength to hold the shield together in combat. Integrity is very solid. In excellent condition with no cracks just normal battle dings, dents and scratches. Its overall angular shape resembles a stylized human form. In person it has a very masculine warrior presence about it. A Kalinga warrior can be seen in the last photo holding a similar shield.
Dimensions: Length 44 1/4" (112 cm), Width 12" (30.5 cm)
Captain Wallace Cadet Taylor
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