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Mongo Wicker Shield Painted Patterns Congo Africa 52 Inch

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Title Mongo Wicker Shield Painted Patterns Congo Africa 52 Inch
Type of Object Shield
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Mongo
Materials Reeds, wood, paint
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 52 Inches
Width: 16 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Dirt, loose, broken fibers andscraped paint


Additional Information: A superb wicker shield showing  geometric motifs painted in white, blue, and red. This shield comes from the Mongo  in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is well preserved.  The Mongo group also uses wooden shield carved in the same shape than the wicker ones. As war armament, such shields were used for protection during combats. They were also used as dance regalia during funerals of avaliant warriors and during communal hunts to celebrate the deceased bravery in war as well as this of the all warriors in the community.


For comparative pieces see:


-SHIELDS AFRICA, SOUTHEAST ASIA, and OCEANIA FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF BARBIER-MUELLER MUSEUM


-AFRICAN SHIELDS by Manfred A. Zirngibl