Southern Central region of Ethiopia. Late 19th/early 20th century. Hide-covered shields connote the courage of warriors and are important insignia of manhood. Among the Oromo and Sidaama peoples of southern Ethiopia, such shields are made of buffalo or, more rarely, hippopotamus hide, as this shield, by skilled specialists who mount the hide over a concave frame embedded with stones. The reverse has a thick semicircular leather handle affixed to the shield with leather bands. The shield shown is a rare find, authentic, displaying a dark brown patina with red undertones.
It has no modern restoration or alteration. Very good condition with traces of usage obtained in battle.
30" H x 29 1/4" W
Place of origin: Ethiopia
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