Antique Shield – AMHARA – SIDAMO – Ethiopia
End 19th century, early 20th century. Engraved buffalo or hippopotamus skin. Diameter cm. 45,0 (18.90″). 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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