Oryx Hide Somali Shield – Gãschãn – East Africa
19th century. Bleached and incised oryx leather. Diameter cm. 36,5 (14.37″).
The hide is incised with geometric patterns.
Somali warriors carried an iron spear, a short sword called a belawa, and a shield called a gãschãn. Typical small Somali shields are made from giraffe or oryx and are concealed with concentric circles and short parallel lines.