Ethiopian Leather Shield Amarro Arussi
This object is an African art shield from Ethiopia, attributed to the Amarro or Arusi people and made of leather. It was created in the 20th Century and measures 17 inches in height, 17 inches in width, and 4.5 inches in depth. The shield is in good overall condition and features a large rounded design commonly found in Ethiopian shields.
Ethiopian shields are known for their variety of designs and decorations such as beads and silver strips. They are typically made of materials such as wood, metal, and vegetable fiber like rattan or raffia. Leather is a popular choice due to its strength and durability, and hides from buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant are commonly used. The form of the shield is dictated by its visual effect, functionality, and practical purposes, with the goal of offering maximum protection to the warrior.
Shields like this were used as a defensive weapon by warriors during combat in many cultures throughout Africa. They were also displayed as emblems of status or rank, and used as accessories in dances during festivals, commemorative ceremonies, or after a victory.
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 strength and durable.
Almost all peoples of Africa made usage 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 also as accessories of dance during festival or commemorative ceremonies or after a victory.
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Made In: Africa