Old Datooga-Taturu Shield – Tanzania

First half 20th century. Cm. 40,5 high x cm. 46,0 width (15.94″ x 18.11″); grams 636,0 (22.43 oz). The Datoonga shields are made of very thick pachyderm leather giving this characteristic colour. Constructed in typical oval form along a robust, vertical wooden strut. The leather of the shield is integrated into...

Old Shield – AMHARA – SIDAMO – Ethiopia

Diameter cm. 53; Depth cm. 23 The region Amhara is extends over the ancient provinces of Bégemder, Godjam and includes a part of the ancient province of Wollo. The Amhara people speak about ” the Amharic “, official language of Ethiopia. Amhara shields in former times were carried by the Kaffa,...

Oryx Hide Somali Shield – Gãschãn – East Africa

19th century.  Bleached and incised oryx leather. Diameter cm. 36,5 (14.37″). The hide is incised with geometric patterns. Somali Shield Somali warriors carried an iron spear, a short sword called a belawa, and a shield called a gãschãn. Typical small Somali shields are made from giraffe or oryx and are concealed with concentric...

Tebu Knife – Libya

Early 20th century. Steel blade, leather and copper handle, hide scabbard. Cm. 38,0 in length (14.96"); the blade is cm. 24,7 in lenght (9.72"). Weight: grams 241,2 (8.51 oz.). The Toubou people have historically lived in northern Chad, northwestern Niger and southern Libya. The Toubou people are distributed across a large area...

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Cow hide cm. 70,0 high x cm. 41,0 width (27.56″ x 16.14″). This is a classic shield shaped from the Kirdi of Cameroon. Has a rectangular raised centre with a double compass design around. There are hundreds of bumps throughout the front, creating a textured sculptural object. The name of Kirdi –...