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AS568: Katu Shield

  • AS568 : Katu Shield
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AS568: Katu Shield

Rare shield from the highland mountains of Laos and Vietnam. This unusual shield is made by the Katu tribe which I believe fall into the broad category of Montagnard peoples. The shield is made of wood, and reenforced with a rattan edge and bindings. The surface is lacquered black with inset decoration of silver foil. This shield may be more of a ceremonial dance shield as it is usually seen being danced at the large water buffalo sacrifice rituals.    

Previously in the collection of Tad Dale, New Mexico.

19 3/4" diameter. Late 19th or early 20th century, Vietnam or Laos.    ....$3500.00

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