Amarro Arussi Leather Shield Ethiopia
A mid-sized rounded Ethiopian shield made out of leather that could be attributed to various Ethiopian groups or even to central Africa warrior groups. Ethiopian shields come in various designs and decorations (beads, silver strips etc.). They are made of various media, including wood, metal, and vegetable fiber (rattan or raffia). Leather is preferable, for the hide is strong and resistant. The hide used is from the buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant. The visual effect, the functionality and practical purposes of the piece dictated the form a shield should take. A good shield should offer maximum protection. The material used should be strong and durable. Almost all peoples of Africa made use of the shield. In many cultures, shields like this were known as a defensive weapon, used by the warriors during combat. Shields were also displayed as emblems of status or rank and accessories of dance during festivals or commemorative ceremonies or after a victory.
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Made In: Ethiopia