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Old 29th June 2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Dayak Shield !

Here my second dayakshield.
Not so old as the other one I posted earlier! But anyway a nice used one, with nice painted figures, 2 hornbill figures above and 2 aso figures (together makes the mouth) below the big face figure.

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Old 29th June 2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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Also the backside is painted, and has a beautiful handle.
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Old 29th June 2009, 09:15 PM   #3
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CONGRADULATIONS ON ANOTHER NICE ONE
AS YOU STATED NOT AS OLD AS THE OTHER ONE BUT VERY WELL MADE AND DECORATED WITH NICE DARK PATINA ON THE HANDLE FROM USE. THE OLDER ONES OF THIS TYPE USUALLY HAVE THE PATTERN CUT IN ALONG THE LINES AND NATURAL PIGMENTS ARE USED NOT MODERN PAINT. THE NATURAL PIGMENTS ACT MORE LIKE A STAIN THAN A PAINT AND ARE USUALLY ABSORBED INTO THE WOOD AND DON'T FORM A THICK COAT ON THE OUTSIDE LIKE PAINT. SOME OF THE LATER SHIELDS ARE CARVED IN RELIEF AND THE DESIGN STANDS OUT IN THREE DEMENSIONAL FORM.
UNFORTUNATELY I ONLY HAVE TWO DAYAK SHIELDS BUT CONSIDER MYSELF LUCKY TO HAVE THEM AS THEY ARE EXPENSIVE LITTLE BEASTIES AND WIDELY SOUGHT AFTER BY PEOPLE WITH MUCH MORE MONEY THAN I.
AN OLD MEMBER (CYCLURA) HAD THE BEST COLLECTION I HAVE SEEN PICTURES OF BUT HE SOLD IT OFF YEARS AGO AND I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM ON THE FORUM IN A LONG WHILE. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE YOU MUCH BETTER INFORMATION ON THEM THAN I.
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Old 29th June 2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Hello Maurice,

I would be happy to have such a shield! Also when it's not so old, it's a beauty.

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Old 30th June 2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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Nice shield Maurice. I've always really loved the face motif on these shields. I was wondering what the face represents, what the story is behind it.
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Old 1st July 2009, 08:38 AM   #6
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Thank you both Sajen and Vandoo for your kind response.


t_c:

I tried to look it up in the books, but I find all different significations (ogre face, demon face, stylized old kind of human figure).
But I read recurrent that it probably has the function of instil fear by the enemy (and why than covering this "fear" face sometimes with hair that you don't see it anymore ) So afterall that could be a signification that it was to strengthen the warrior who holds the shield and give him some protecting power???

Exactly what kind of ideas stand at the beginning of the source of these ornaments???
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