Lot: 172

95th Tribal Art Auction

Rare old shield

Togo / Benin, Tamberma (Batammaliba)

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Hans-Otto Glitza, Marl, Germany D: 12.8 inch 200 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

rattan, grass fibre, leather, In the mid-1980s, the well-known Afrrica traveller Gerd Chesi visited the towered loam castles of the Tamberma, living in the isolated Atacora Mountains in northern Togo and in the bordering regions of the Republic of Benin. He reported that these shields were used in often bloody ritual whip fights fought by young men of the "lifoni" society.


Zirngibl, Manfred A. & Dieter Plaschke, Afrikanische Schilde, München 1992, p. 130