Our nineteenth century Sukuma shield is saddle-shaped in an hourglass form, found in Southeast Tanzania, near Lake Victoria. These shields are made of thick buffalo hide with side indentations, a raised boss in the center with wood handle and leather bindings. The shields were carried by Niatura warriors used for defense and also as a symbolic ritual object.

Origin: Tanzania, Southeast Lake Victoria
Time Period: 19th c
Provenance: From a New Mexico collection
Materials: Wood, buffalo hide and leather
Dimensions: 23 in. high x 14  in. wide 
Condition: Appears in good condition with some wear at the edges and surface abrasions
Inventory #A3145
Price: $1,250
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