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cow hide shield
  • Zulu peoples
  • cow hide shield, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: South Africa?
  • cow hide, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 81.5 x 50.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 1/16 x 19 7/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7219

The oval shield has pointed ends and is made from mostly dark brown cow hide. A strip of white cow hide is woven down the center in two rows. It is a nearly flat shield. It has a handle of wrapped hide near one end on the back. There are thin strips of leather or hide at the other end on the back.