The Dinka live in the region of the upper white Nile in Southern Sudan.  Dinka shields are made of buffalo hide with an oval body and raised boss at the center, threaded down the length of a wooden pole. The pole acts as a support and a handle grip.  This older Dinka shield was used during initiations of young boys,  for various ritual ceremonies and in warfare.

Origin:  Sudan
Time Period: Late 19th/Early 20th c
Provenance: From a New Mexico collection
Materials: Buffalo hide, leather and wooden pole
Dimensions: 30 1/2 in. high x 17  in. wide 
Condition: Appears in very good condition with surface abrasions and one piercing.
Inventory #A3159
Price: $750
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