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Klebit Bok
A Kliau shield.
Place of originBorneo (East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Indonesia & Sarawak, Malaysia)
Service history
Used byDayak people
Length110–130 cm (43–51 in)

The Kliau, Keliau or Klau is a traditional shield of the Dayak people of Borneo.[1][2] It is similar to the shields used by other Dayak people such as the Klebit Bok of the Kenyah. Other names for this shield include: klawang or kelawang and trabai or terabai.


The Kliau is a shield in a shape of a hexagon and made from wood or from bamboo.

See also


  1. ^ N.Y.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York; Kjellgren, Eric (2007). Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. pp. 226–227. ISBN 978-1-58839-238-1.
  2. ^ Anton Willem Nieuwenhuis (1994). Di Pedalaman Borneo: Perjalanan Dari Pontianak Ke Samarinda, 1894. Penerbit PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama bekerja sama dengan Borneo Research Council, Indonesia Office. ISBN 978-979-605-051-2.