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Current Location:
Shelf E2 (OS) -> Box 169
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section E; Shelf E2; Box 169

Shield

Artwork
Identifier:
2013.91.4
Artist:
Maasai People
Credit:
Gift of Dr. Wayne Kinzie
Medium:
Wood and Animal Hide
Date:
circa 1950
Dimensions:
Artworks -
Description:
A round wooden shield with a point at its center.
Historical Context:
Shields such as this one were used by tribes who lived in Ethiopia as a means of defense up until approximately the time of World War II. The English referred to the soldiers who carried them as "Fuzzy Wuzzies" because of their elaborate teased hairstyles. Most shields use the hides of the area's mammals, such as Elephant (ear), Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, or Water Buffalo, and some were even decorated with tassels of Lion's Main hair.