Old Iron Parrying Shield – Somba Tribe – Northern Togo
Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 43,5 high x cm. 10,5 width (17.13″ x 4.13″); grams 694,0 (24.48 oz). Excellent conditions.
The Somba are an ethnic group found primarily in northwestern Benin and northern Togo.
The Somba people are known for their traditional body scarring rituals, starting between the age of two and three. These special marks primaly identify a person as belonging to one’s tribe. Additional marks are added at puberty, readiness for marriage, post-child birth as a form of visible communication. These scars range from some on the face, to belly and back.
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