Shield, Somalia / Ethiopia.

This is a great Ethiopian or Somalian leather shield of circular form, conical-shaped and pierced around the rim. The front is very nicely tooled with design of circles around its center. The inner handle is bound with leather. These shields were used in warfare, ceremonies and served as prestige objects.

Material: thick animal hide (buffalo, Hippopotamus?).

Condition: good; stains, scratches, dark brown patina.

Diameter 49 cm - 19.3 inch.