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.

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.

Nias (Indonesia) battle helmet (takula tofao), iron,  H 13.5 cm, Dm 16 to 20.5 cm, National Museum of Ethnology, The Netherlands.

Nias (Indonesia) battle helmet (takula tofao), iron, H 13.5 cm, Dm 16 to 20.5 cm, National Museum of Ethnology, The Netherlands.

Indonesia - Nias | Two bracelets; wood.  H:  18 and 15.5 cm | Est.  950 - 1'050€ & 1'100 - 1'200€   ~ (Feb '14)

Indonesia - Nias | Two bracelets; wood. H: 18 and 15.5 cm | Est. 950 - 1'050€ & 1'100 - 1'200€ ~ (Feb '14)

A classic, early, Nias shield. Light wood reinforced with rattan binding.

Nias Shield, Indonesia

A classic, early, Nias shield. Light wood reinforced with rattan binding.

Indonesia ~ Nias Island | Set of woman's jewellery; Headband with etched motifs, earrings and necklace; gold | Page 87, 'Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia. Continuity and Evolution' By Bruce W. Carpenter

Indonesia ~ Nias Island | Set of woman's jewellery; Headband with etched motifs, earrings and necklace; gold | Page 87, 'Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia. Continuity and Evolution' By Bruce W. Carpenter

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