Antique Shield – AMHARA – TAFA GASHA – Ethiopia – Excellent conditionsamazigh
Early 20th century. Diameter cm. 48,0 (18.90″).
A conic shape shield of buffalo leather, of the type of the Ethiopian highlands. With relieved margin, covered with dark brown velvet on the front (velvet comes from Persia) and richly decorated with ornamented brass elements: an arched shield boss, as well as 4 hemispheres, rectangles, bands and individual elements of brass, cut, hallmarked and engraved. Attached with decorative nails of brass. A central handle made of wood an covered with red-dyed leather. The shield is in very good condition, with only minor age damage.