Shield, Toposa, Sudan.

Narrow, rectangular shield made of a thick piece of animal hide with a wooden support pole doubling as a grip. These shields were used in combat to deflect, to confuse the enemies, parry and used by young initiates in learning fighting techniques.

Materials: Animal hide (probably hippopotamus) and wood.Condition: dry leather and a nice patina on the handle, min. dam., traces of usage.

Height: 100 cm - 39.4 inch.
Widest point: 35 cm - 13.8 inch.