Toposa Shield

Sudan/Kenya

Hide and Wood

Early 20th Century

15" x 8.5"

$850

When I hold a piece such as this, I can't help but think about the person who worked the hide and bent the wood to create such a strong shield.  A century after it was stitched together, the fastenings are still tight and sturdy. 

There is a secondary leather grip  and hand guard at the handle.  Even with it's small size, there is no doubt that this shield served it's owner well, for many years.