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Shield of Rukai People

Tags: Rukai | shield

Acquired by Chen, Hsian-Meng Wang, Renying (Wutai, Pingtung County) 
Collected by Museum of Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

The specimen was pieced together by two woodblocks. The cross section is in a V shape and the front side of the shield shows carvings of three-dimensional double-reflected triangle patterns and mountain-shape lines. A cameo on the central part of the shield reveals a human figure wearing a headdress of feathers and carrying human heads in his hand. The man stands on a wild boar. On both sides of the human figure are two coiling snakes.