Antique Hide Somali Shield – Gãschãn – East Africa


19th century. Bleached and incised leather. Diameter cm. 32,5 (12.80″).

The hide is incised with geometric patterns.

Somali warriors carried an iron spear, a short sword called belawa and a shield called gãschãn.

Typical small Somali shields are made from giraffe or oryx and are concealed with concentric circles and short parallel lines.


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Weight500 g