Lot: 368

97th Auction

Parade shield "tafa gašša"

Ethiopia, Amhara

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Collection D: 15.6 inch 500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

leather, velvet, chiselled brass sheet,
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