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man with shield and spear
  • Kenya
  • man with shield and spear, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • wood, carving, burning
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: together 32 x 10 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: together 12 5/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6981.a,b,c

The standing man (2007.6981.a) is holding a shield (2007.6981.b) in his left hand and a spear (2007.6981.c) in his right.

The man has elongated ears and shoulder length hair. He wears a necklace and a sash or garment from his right shoulder to his left thigh that is probably fur as indicated by the texture. The figure is dark brown.

The shield is oval with a pointed top and bottom. It has a light natural color with two rows of dark brown dots and two crescents of dark brown.

The spear has a tapered shaft and a large, flat head. It is brown.