Our Turkana shield has a rectangular shape made from buffalo hide with a wooden support pole doubling as a grip. The Turkana were a militaristic people who used shields in combat to deflect, parry and strike blows. This skillfully tooled shield may have been used by a young initiate in learning fighting techniques.
Origin: Kenya, Lake Turkana NW Region
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a New Mexico collection
Materials: Wood, buffalo hide, pigment and leather
Dimensions: 22 1/2 in. high x 9 in. wide
Condition: Appears in very good condition with some abrasions
Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.