Attributed to various Ethiopian tribal groups in the Omo River region, these shields are made of animal hide, occasionally from a hippopotamus. The designs on the shield are created by placing the hide over a wood mold. Shields, in addition to being used in warfare and ceremonies, also served as prestige objects. Shows knots of leather from the inner handle being attached to the outer facade.
Dimensions: 22 1/2" Diameter x 9"D.