Image: Pakolong - warrior shield

Pakolong - warrior shield

Pakolong - warrior shield. Probably from Kesu, Toraja district, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Acquired 1976. Balulang (buffalo hide), pigments, split cane, wooden handle, animal hair. Australian Museum Collection, E074101

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The Toraja live in the mountainous southern region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Most are now Christian. However, elements of the traditional religion, aluk to dolo ('the law of the ancestors') are still followed, especially in rural areas

At a large funeral for a higher-caste person, a warrior dance called ma'randing is performed, to welcome the guests. The dancers' outfits are based on traditional warrior dress and weaponry.

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