Kalinga Igorot Bontoc Shield (Kalasag)

Origin:  Luzon, the Philippines

Materials: Wood, Woven Rattan, Black Paint

Provenance:  Private Collector, Canadian Market

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Kalinga Igorot Bontoc War Shield

The Kalaság or Kalasak is a large rectangular wooden shield used by precolonial Filipinos. The shield is made of hardwood and is decorated with intricate carvings and an elaborate rattan binding on the front. The wood comes from native trees such as the dapdap, polay and sablang. The shield usually measured about 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length and 0.5 m (1.6 ft) in width. Its base is composed of rattan wood which is strengthened by the application of resin coating that turned rock-hard upon drying. It was widely used throughout the Philippines for warfare.


Beautiful Igorot Bontoc Kalinga Shield, in good condition.

Carved wooden shield decorated with black geometric designs. Two bands of rattan top and bottom.

This shield resembles a stylized human form. Designed to deflect arrows from enemies.

Perfect addition to your collection.

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Shield Valuation

Genuine tribal artwork valuation is typically based on some of the following criteria with the help of an expert:

  1. Condition, (damages, repairs)
  2. Authenticity and Provenance, (history of ownership)
  3. Quality, (the type of material used, preservation, skill, aesthetics/beauty)
  4. Uniqueness (the only one of its kind), rarity (occurs only in few locations)  affect value.

Finally, to fully appreciate ethnographic tribal art, one has to have a sound understanding of African cultural history.

Ref: British Museum: Wikipedia

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