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.

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

Ancestor Figure (Siraha Salawa or Siraha Nomo) Date: 19th–early 20th century Geography: Indonesia, Nias Island Culture: Ono Niha people Gallery 355

Ancestor Figure (Siraha Salawa or Siraha Nomo) Date: century Geography: Indonesia, Nias Island Culture: Ono Niha people Medium: Wood Dimensions: H. x x cm) Classification: Wood-Sculpture

Indonesia ~ Sumatra ~ Nias | Woman's head  jewellery ~ Bahalögo sikondra | ca. 1900 or earlier

Indonesia ~ Sumatra ~ Nias | Woman's head jewellery ~ Bahalögo sikondra | ca. 1900 or earlier

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