TRIBAL  SHIELDS

 

DINKA
Shield 4

TURKANA
Shield 1



FON
Shields
 


 

 

SUKUMA
Shield 3

SHI
Shield 3

SONGYE STYLE
Shield 13


  Photographs © Hamill Gallery

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

 

CHOKWE STYLE
Shields
SOLD


NGONI STYLE
Shields
SOLD

 

WANDALA
Shields
SOLD

LUBA STYLE
Shields
SOLD

NGANDU
Shields
SOLD

TOPOKE
Shields
SOLD

MASA
Shield 1
SOLD

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

CAMEROON, SHIELDS, Cameroon    ARCHIVES ONLY
CHOKWE, SHIELDS, Angola    ARCHIVES ONLY
DINKA, HAND SHIELDS, Sudan
ETHIOPIAN SHIELDS, Ethiopia    ARCHIVES ONLY
FON, SHIELDS, Benin
LUBA, SHIELDS, DRC    ARCHIVES ONLY
NEW BRITAIN, SHIELDS, Oceania    ARCHIVES ONLY,  ALL SOLD
NEW GUINEA, SHIELDS, Oceania ARCHIVES ONLY, ALL SOLD
NGANDU SHIELDS, DRC    ARCHIVES ONLY
NGONI SHIELDS,DRC    ARCHIVES ONLY
OCEANIC SHIELDS, Oceania    ARCHIVES ONLY
SONGYE, SHIELDS, DRC
       SHI, SHIELDS, DRC
SUKUMA, SHIELDS, Tanzania
TOPOKE, SHIELDS, DRC    ARCHIVES ONLY
WANDALA, SHIELDS, DRC    ARCHIVES ONLY
ZULU, SHIELD, South Africa     ARCHIVES ONLY

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