TRIBAL  SHIELDS


 

CHOKWE
Shields

NGONI
Shiel
d

SONGYE
Shields

TOPOKE
Shields

 

NGONI
Shields
 

LUBA
Shields
 

 

WANDALA
Shields

 

ETHIOPIAN
Shield 8


 

NGANDU
Shields 

 

SUKUMA
Shields

 

SONGYE
Shields

 

DINKA
Shields

 BAKONGO
Shield 1



FON
Shields
 

SHI
Shields
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

AFRICAN SHIELDS

"Initially utilitarian, ephemeral objects that were a key component of the defensive reflex, shields became so elaborate and ingeniously made that they came to be seen as works of art in their own right. By definition, a shield's main purpose is for combat, acting as a sign of a kind of war rite.  Yet it is also an object for ostentatious display in which communication is achieved through aesthetic power.  One of the trappings of personal adornment, a shield could be made for a feast day, for a ritual dance, or for a parade, as its presence in the tournaments of the medieval period makes abundantly clear.  This explains why shields have spent infinitely less time in the hands of warriors on the field of battle than hanging in halls with other curios, or in private collections and museums.  The elementary purpose of self-protection could never be enough.  The need for defense has nearly always been allied to a desire for magnificent display."
---- Alain-Michel Boyer
Shields: Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania
from the Collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum
Prestel Verlag, 2000



 

The categories below are all sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

NYATURA
Shield 2
30" high
SOLD

 

DINKA
Shield 7
21" high
SOLD

NYATURA
Shield 1
26"
SOLD

MONGO
Shield 1
50"
SOLD


ETHIOPIAN
Shields
 

MAASAI
Shield 1

NYATURA
Shield 1

TUAREG
Shield 1

ETHIOPIAN
Shields

TUAREG
Leather Mats

We also had some shields from Oceania.
They are all SOLD

OCEANIC
Shields
SOLD



NEW GUINEA
Shields
SOLD

NEW BRITAIN
Shields
SOLD

OCEANIC
Shields
SOLD

 

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