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Shield Congo Wood Old African Art

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Title Shield Congo Wood Old African Art
Type of Object Shield
People Unknown
Materials wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 6.5 inches W. x 17.5 inches H.
Overall Condition Fair to good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Age cracks, chips, wear


Additional Information: A medium size  shield made out of wood, indeed, a challenging piece to attribute to any particular group or country as it could come from any country in the su-Saharan area. 


This is a small version of largest ones used in cmbat. s Large shields have served as war armaments used for protection during combats. They were also used as dance regalia during the funerals of a valiant warrior and during communal hunts to celebrate the deceased bravery in war as well as this of the all warriors in the community. This small version was probably used as an emblem of rank or an accessory of dance.


Recommended Reading:


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


-AFRICAN SHIELDS by Dieter Plaschke and Manfred A. Zirngibl,  Panterra, Verlag, Munchen, 1992