Peurise Awe
A Peurise Awe, circa 1875.
Place of originAceh, Indonesia
Service history
Used byAlas people, Acehnese people, Gayo people
WarsAceh War (1873–1914)
Diameter35–45 cm (14–18 in)

Peurise Awe or Peurise Awi is a shield originating from Aceh, Indonesia. The shield was used by Acehnese warriors during the Aceh War against the Dutch colonials in the 19th century.[1]


The Peurise Awe is a peurise (shield) of plaited rattan strips (glong). It may be covered with red or black cotton.[2] The diameter of this shield is approximately 35 to 45 cm (14 to 18 in). The outer part of the shield is strengthened with brass rivets, and inside there is a rope that is used as a handle. The outer part of the shield is decorated with six circular inserts (bushings) that are made of brass, and one brass star in the middle. The brass decorations are usually in the shape of a hexagram, similar to the Star of David. These hexagonal stars represent 'stars of security'.


  1. ^ Perang Kolonial Belanda Di Aceh. Pusat Dokumentasi dan Informasi Aceh. 1977. ASIN B0000EDU7K.
  2. ^ Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of The Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.