Lot: 315

95th Tribal Art Auction

Parade shield "tafa"

Ethiopia, Amhara

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Italian Collection D: 18.5 inch 800 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

leather, velvet, chiselled brass, Initially used purely as military equipment, these shields became more and more elaborately decorated in the course of time and were transformed into purely decorative objects of imperial dignitaries.

Zirngibl, Manfred A. & Dieter Plaschke, Afrikanische Schilde, München 1992, p. 70