TRIBAL & ASIAN ART AND ANTIQUITIES
PSW00055 • LEATHER SHIELD.

Primary Source at Santa Monica Tribal Arts Show, November 2007

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PSW00055
LEATHER SHIELD OF A ROUND CONFIGURATION.
BUFFALO HIDE.
AMARRA / WALLAMO / WALLAGA / ARUSI PEOPLES.
ETHIOPIA, AFRICA
CIRCA 19th CENTURY / POSSIBLY EARLIER.

DIAMETER: 27.25”
DEPTH FROM WALL: 5.00”

This shield has been worked into its striking surface topography of radiationa and nodules by starting out with a flat element of hide. Even though it appears like the surface of a crocodile or other serpentine manifestation, this texture was deliberately created from a relatively two-dimensional material. The artisan knew exactly wthat was to be created beforehand.

These shields are never alike but they all have a similar vocabulary. Looking closely at the surface reveals myriad rectilinear incisions that meander around the more prominent nodules. This is an excellent example of this tyoe of shield. Its condition, shape & age all combine to put it at the top of its category.

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Ethiopian Leather Shield

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