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This heavy Ethiopian shield, which is highlighted by a suitable base, has a solid central handle on the concave inner face. Its outer face, embossed, is adorned on either side with a median ridge of parallel ribs that rhythm circular protrusions. A wide band of red pigments, cruciform, divides it, sharp with the beautiful dark brown patina. Small circular tears at the old fastening points.
AfricanBouclier collected by Mr. J. Henry, an expatriate hydrologist engineer, on a mission for the Belgian state in Zaire and Burundi, now deceased, a shrewd collector, a erudite man whose patient selection of works also testifies to his aesthetic requirement.
Used by the Arsi-Oromo and Amarro of Ethiopia, this type of shields such as this copy were made of buffalo leather or hippopotamus, ...