CLASSIC 19TH C. AFRICAN MAASAI WARRIOR'S SHIELD
Period/Date: At least early 20th century
Materials: Cowhide, wood, charcoal, blood and or juice of a Solanum Campylaeanthum fruit (used for red)
Description: This traditional shield is in good condition retaining most of its bold graphic design. The decoration on these shields conveyed the warriors age, geographic area, lineage, military affinities and bravery. It is obvious the shield has been used extensively for warfare and hunting. Often times the vertical wooden struts on the back side are cracked and broken, but not on this one, the struts and handle are solid. Also often on shields made after the 1930's it was common to see bent steel wire incorporated around the perimeter structure. The shield has several layers of encrusted paint and areas of the hide are crackled from age and exposure but integrity is very sound. Similar shields are now bringing prices over $10,000 at auction.
Dimensions: Height 36.5" (92.5 cm), Width 27" (68.5 cm)
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