Kanta (shield)

The Kanta is a traditional shield of the Toraja and Pamona people of Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi and Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia respectively.[1]

A Kanta shield, pre 1940.
Place of originCentral Sulawesi & South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Service history
Used byToraja people, Pamona people
Length110 cm


It is a long slender shield, V-shaped over its entire length. It tapers somewhat towards the lower and upper parts. It is richly decorated with goat's hair dyed white, black and red, which are worked on horizontal tufts and inlaid with small shells or white bone. These tufts of white, red and black colored hair are mounted in overlapping rows.[2]


  1. Sutrisno Kutoyo; Masykuri (1984). Sejarah Pengaruh Pelita Terhadap Kehidupan Masyarakat Pedesaan Di Daerah Sulawesi Tengah. Proyek Inventarisasi dan Dokumentasi Kebudayaan Daerah, Direktorat Sejarah dan Nilai Tradisional, Departemen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan. OCLC 613948917.
  2. Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of The Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.

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