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small round shield
  • Kikuyu or Oromo peoples
  • small round shield, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kenya or Ethiopia
  • leather, embossing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9 x 32 cm height is depth
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/2 x 12 5/8 in height is depth
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2913

The small round shield is made of thick leather. It has a prominent boss in the center and a raised rim at the edge. The front is decorated with concentric rings, with short parallel lines traversing two spaces in a sporadic pattern. There is a band of chevrons next to the outer rim. There is a C-shaped leather handle on the reverse side with a leather strap looped through it.