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Shield

2006.44.2603 (RS177318)

Description

Shield in a rounded-edged diamond shape, made of thick animal hide with a bamboo handle pole extending above and below the top and bottom edges of the shield. The bamboo pole runs down the center of the side that faces the body and is affixed to the inner side of the shield with strips of hide that have been formed from the body of the shield hide. There is a raised central ridge that runs along the outer side of the shield. The center of the side facing out comes to a rounded point. The shield is unadorned. Its origin is unknown was probably made in Africa.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Africa
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
bamboo (material)
hide (collagenous material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Descriptive terms
bamboo (material)
hide (collagenous material)
Shield
shields (armor)
Dimensions
49 1/16 x 13 2/16 x 4 15/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.2603
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
222362

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