Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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elephant ear shield
  • unknown Maasai maker
  • elephant ear shield, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • elephant ear hide, wood, hide, plant
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 77 x 51 x 10.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 5/16 x 20 1/16 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of Karen Sueetta Joyce
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3189
Label Text

The oblong shield is slightly pointed at the long ends and is made of an elephant ear. The surface has been modified by adding a large central boss with arched rows of small bumps around it. A single wooden rod down the long axis on the reverse is held in place with narrow hide strips. There is a small loop of twisted plant fiber at one end.