This impressive shield is meant to hide a person. Made out of woven natural fibers with a thick wooden handle on the inside. Most likely it was used for initiation dances.
This shield was among 30+items from our collection filmed in "Wonderstruck" - an upcoming American drama film directed by Tod Hanes. The film stars Julianne More and Michelle Williams and has been selected to compete at the May 2017 Cannes Film Festival.