A full length studio portrait of a young Shilluk warrior, holding hide shield, spear and club, wearing a fringed hair ornament.
Small Zulu shield made for ceremonial dance or young warriors. Cow hide with the brown and white hair being in good condition. The back is cut and folded with the original stick handle still intact. The overall patina is good from age and use. Mid to late 19th century, South Africa.
Africa | Shield ("Tafa" or "Gasha") from the Amhara people of Ethiopia | ca 19th - 20th century | Hide and silver.