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Oromo Hippopotamus Hide Shield

Ethiopia

Hippopotamus Hide Shield. Oromo Culture, Ethiopia

 

The front of this fine shield is decorated by a central ridge and series of raised parallel ‘ribs’, typically found on Ethiopian hippopotamus hide shields. Hippopotamus hide - a very thick, tough leather - has been formed into a circular shape in order to make this shield.

In the Oromo culture, ownership of such objects brought social prestige, and it was important that a shield should be as perfectly round as possible.

 

Ex Private Collection, Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

 

Estimated Period: Second Half of 19th Century

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Diameter: 80 CM
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