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Fon Woven Shield Benin

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Special Price $98.00 Regular Price $225.00
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Brand Unbranded
Type of Object shield, weaving, basketry
Country of Origin Republic of Benin (the former Dahomey)
People Fon
Materials vegetal fiber, leather
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 14.5
Depth (in) 7.5
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.  
Damage/Repair Wear and broken fibers

The Fon Woven Shield is a type of African art that originated in the Kingdom of Dahomey, which is now known as Benin. This kingdom was famous for its intricate and highly-skilled weaving techniques, which were used to create a variety of objects, including shields.

The Fon Woven Shield is made from strips of rattan or bamboo that are woven together to create a strong, durable surface. The surface of the shield is often decorated with intricate patterns and designs that are specific to the kingdom of Dahomey.

The Fon Woven Shield was an important part of the military culture of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and was often used in battle by warriors and soldiers. The shields were not only functional, but also highly symbolic, representing the power and prestige of the kingdom.

Today, the Fon Woven Shield is considered a highly collectible piece of African art, and is often displayed in museums and private collections around the world. Its intricate weaving and detailed designs are a testament to the skill and creativity of the weavers of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and its historical significance makes it an important artifact of African culture and history.