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Detail showing the wooden plugs used to repair the shield.

Tutsi Dance or Parrying Shield

Tribe Dynasty

Tutsi

Country Of Origin

Rwanda or Burundi

Region

Great Lakes of Central Africa

Date

20th century

Size

9 x 43 cms (3½ x 17 ins)

Materials

Wood

Technique

Carved and painted

Condition

Some native repair in the form of circular wooden plugs in the lower half of the shield

These small slender parrying shields are meant for deflecting strikes in stick fighting but many of the decorated ones are actually used while dancing or for other ceremonial occasions. A slender spear would often be carried at the same time.

It is patterned by coating the surface with a black substance and then carving away a fine layer of the surface to create a design by revealing the natural wood beneath. Pencilled on the back is a collection date, “28-2-49” and the number "15”.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

1983

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