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, [...]

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 – [...]

Berber Gun Powder Flask – North Morocco

Early 20th century. Leather, The piece is cm. 17,8 high (7.01"); grams 644,0 (22,72 oz.). Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River.The name Berber appeared for the first time after [...]

Amhara Shield – Hippo Skin – Ethiopia

Circular form with punched, protruding raisings. Leather bound handle. Width 55 cm (21.65"). 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 [...]

Cerimoniale Staff – Lia / Nkundu / Konda – DR Congo

Iron, wood. cm. 41,2 high x cm. 7,4 width (16.22" x 2.91); weight: grams 105,0 (3.70 oz.). Prestige scepter like this, dating from the colonial period, have sometimes been used in major barter transactions. See tribal Arms monographs Volume 2 "Performing Knives and derivatives" of Christian Gosseau, Brussels 1997 Figs 87-88.

Himba Knife – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Leather, iron, wood. The piece is cm 44,5 in lenght (17,51"). The blade is cm. 27,5 high (10.82"). The Himba (or OvaHimba) are indigenous peoples living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola. The Himba are considered [...]