Amarro Arussi Leather Shield Ethiopia
A large 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 a variety of designs and decorations (beads, silver strips, etc.). They are made of various media that include, 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 a maximum of 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, but shields were also displayed as emblems of status or rank and also as accessories of dance during festivals or commemorative ceremonies or after a victory.
See a similar example in the Musee Dapper's CHASSEURS ET GUERRIERS; AFRICA: The Art of a Continent, edited by Tom Phillips,(See p. 126 in the above-referenced volume and also, p. 69 in African Shields by Dieter Plaschke and Manfred A. Zirngibl,) see also Marc Ginzberg. AFRICAN FORMS, pp. 168, 171
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Made In: Africa