Indonesia, Nias warriors ~ Nīas (Indonesian: Pulau Nias, Nias language: Tanö Niha) is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Nias (Kepulauan Nias) is also the name of the archipelago, including the small Hinako Islands.
Unique set of sheet metal armor used by natives on the Indonesian island of Nias. Armored vest, hinged down the back, with a ridge of spiked sheet metal down the spine. Thin handmade armor was used to repel enemy arrows during the many civil wars fought amongst the islands inhabitants. Also included is a matching metal helmet, water buffalo hide shield, bundle of arrows, and one other tribal implement. Armor measures 24 inches wide, and 26 high, and shield is 32 inches in diameter.
Traditional house in south Nias. Most of the houses in the south are built close together for defensive purposes. This is an unusual exception. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com