Traditional weapons of Borneo. The attire of the head-hunters. Volume I, Shields and war clothes.
Borneo, the third largest island in the world, houses an enormous natural wealth: wild jungles with an overwhelming nature, high mountains and long rivers, trees reaching into the sky, below which
a vegetation comprises numerous plants and flowers. Animals display an infinite variety: panthers,
monkeys, colour-ful butterflies and beautiful birds including the hornbill and the Argus pheasant,
which the indigenous population consider sacred.
In the midst of this pristine nature, people first settled centuries ago. Originating from main-land,
Asia, they found their way to Borneo and built their lives here to create a culture consis-ting of
many ethnic groups, languages, artistic expressions and traditions, one of which was head-hunting.
The present publication is entitled Traditional weapons of Borneo. Volume I discusses the shields
and war clothes of the Bornean head-hunters. The following volumes concern spears and
blowpipes, and swords and knives respectively. In addition to their practical use, all these objects
can be considered as works of art, just like the surrounding nature with an endless variety and
richness of form.
Publisher: Sunfield Publishing, Leiden 2018
Price: € 75.00