Oromo, Ethiopia / Shield / 20th centuryOromo, Ethiopia
20th century

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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Oromo, Ethiopia
Title: Shield
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 2000
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Ethiopia, Africa
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Armor
Materials and Techniques: Hide (hippopotamus)
Dimensions: Height: 6 1/4"; width: 27"
Description: Round, stiff, thick hippopotamus hide shield with decorative patterns created by interior indentations, formed over a wooden mold; center convex with horizontal ridge; conical boss at each end of ridge and two on each side; closely spaced raised ribs radiating from ridge to rim; conical boss just inside rim on ridge sides; circle of short, raised ellipses between ribs below central bosses and matching circle around rim; thick, semi-circular hide handle spanning ridge indentation on interior; handle secured by hide thongs through two holes in each end of handle matching holes in shield; a finger slot and strap created by hide loop with 2 wrapped transverse thongs from center handle to outer rim; four short rim splits with wrapped thong repair; dark patina, remnants of coloring, possibly red.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 2001.1.1
Credit Line: Gift of an anonymous donor, 2001
Rights: http://www.amico.org/rights/bcm_.html
Context: Oromo shields are carried by mounted warriors along with long spears. A shield is held with the center ridge in horizontal position - the warrior's forearm is placed through the high center handle with his fingers gripping transverse thongs in the flexible hide loop from center strap to rim. Similar shields are made by other Oromo groups such as the Arsi and Wabega.
AMICA ID: BCM_.2001.1.1
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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