bs3: Shield.

Kayanic Dayak. East Kalimantan, Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Wood, pigments, rattan. H: 48" (121.9 cm), W: 12" (30.5 cm).
War or headhunting shield with guardian or monster faces, which can be read in both directions. The single image in the "right side up" direction,
changes to two faces in the "upside down" direction. The face now at the top has a wild expression with "crazy" spirial eyes.
There are additional smaller faces at each end and the back shows stylized dragon motifs, meant to encourage bravery in battle.

*Among the Bahau (a Kayanic subgroup), this motif is called Nang Berang (Nang means furious) and represents a powerful super natural being or spirit.
The motif is painted on shields, like a magic charm, to intimidate the enemy in battle.
The Bahau tribe report the “eyes” painted on theses shields indicate that something (the spirit) is watching us.
*Information provided by Michael Palmieri via Bahau informants.

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