• AFRICAN SHIELD / MAASAI - MASAI LION HUNTING SHIELD FROM KENYA & TANZANIA | EAST AFRICA

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    *  A CLASSIC AFRICAN - MAASAI - MASAI SHIELD FROM KENYA & TANZANIA

    *  THE SHIELD IS AUTHENTIC & DECADES OLD .

     * DIMENSIONALLY : LENGTH : 39 IN.

                                       WIDTH :    27 IN.

                                       WEIGHT : 12 LBS.

    OWN A PIECE OF AFRICAN HISTORY!

    SHIPPING COSTS BASED ON METHOD & LOCATION

     SOLD !

    MADE FROM OX HIDE, THIS AUTHENTIC MAASAI / MASAI /  IS DECADES OLD WITH TRADITIONAL DESIGNS KNOWN AS  " SIRATI " . OVER THE DECADES THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS DESIGN & PATTERNS.

    THE MAASAI ARE NILITIC AND ARE LOCATED IN SOUTHERN KENYA  & NORTHERN TANZANIA , AND ALONG THE GREAT PLAINS OF THE SERENGETI AND MT. KILIMANJARO.  THERE ARE PREDOMINATELY 5 CLANS FOUND IN THAT REGION.

    THE PRIMARY COLORS USED IN TRADTIONAL SHIELD MAKING ARE  BLACK, WHITE & RED.  RED PIGMENT IS MADE FROM RED OCHRE CALLED " OSINDI " AND IS THEN MIXED WITH OX BLOOD AND FRUIT TREE SAP !  BLACK PIGMENT IS MADE FROM BURNT FIELD GOURDS AND WHITE PIGMENT IS DERIVED FROM BURNING OX BONES & WATER.  IN RECENT TIMES....COMMERCIAL PAINT HAS BEEN USED.



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