Of rituals and religion: Asian Civilisations Museum's latest Asian artefacts

Three new galleries at the Asian Civilisations Museum have a South-east Asian focus and cover varied works of Christian, Islamic and ancestral art

When Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) curator Theresa McCullough found a 19th-century wooden shield in storage, she was surprised to discover that its handle was in the shape of a human figure.

The carving, which shows an ancestor warrior waving a sword, is a powerful symbol meant to protect the shield's bearer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2018, with the headline 'Of rituals and religions'. Print Edition | Subscribe