Antique Beautiful Shield – AMHARA – SIDAMO – Ethiopia

End 19th century, early 20th century. Engraved buffalo or hippopotamus skin; metal elements. Diameter cm. 44,0 (17.32″). Excellent general conditions.

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, a member of the Sidamo group. The shield is surrounded by a thick rim which is supposed to prevent a spear or blade from sliding off it. Leather bindings were used from the back through the front to reinforce the shield.


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Weight2020 g