Dayak peoples
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: Kalimantan (Island of Borneo), Indonesia


Overall: 111 x 40.5 x 10 cm (43 11/16 x 15 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, rattan

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



This shield, from the Dayak peoples, was used in warfare and was particularly common in central Borneo. It is made of light brown wood and is reinforced horizontally with four rows of rattan lashes in a slightly concave rectangular form.


1960 or 1977, sold by Galerie Argiles, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart