Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cow hide shield
  • unknown Zulu maker
  • cow hide shield, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: South Africa?
  • cow hide, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 89 x 53 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 1/16 x 20 7/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7220

The oval shield has pointed ends and is made from mottled dark brown and white cow hide. A strip of cow hide is woven down the center in two rows. It is a nearly flat shield. There is a handle of wrapped hide near the center on the back.