University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:AF2857
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Jaluo
Kavirondo
Provenience: Uganda
Lake Victoria
Kavirondo
Section:African
Materials:Leather
Wood
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number:26353 - Dealer's Number

Description

Oval hide shield, hairy side forms obverse. This type of shield is evidently characteristic of the region from Mt. Elgon to Kavirondo Bay, which tends to confirm the attribution to the Jaluo. The grip is formed by forcing the hide away from the middle of the stretcher by means of two wooden "bridges" secured by thongs. One end of the shield has a large diagonal patch. Shape of shield and form of boss resemble these features of the Masai shields. Several references available from card's description.


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