Colonial Era Maasai Shields
DD Ancient, XL beautifully crafted 39” x 25” shield that was kept in a climate controlled environment with beautiful colors, a thick wooden frame, a raised, reinforced boss and a talisman strap. Has two battle scars that have been repaired with stitches in the bush-$2799 BUY NOW
EE Ancient, XL beautifully crafted 34” x 28”shield that was kept in a climate controlled environment with beautiful colors, a thick wooden frame and raised, reinforced boss-$2499 SOLD
North African Shields
34 Very thick, buffalo hide shield from the Oromo in Ethiopia. It measures 25” x 21” x 6” deep and has a thick leather handle. The undulated texture made it harder for edged weapons to penetrate this shield and in spite of that it exhibits at least five battle scars slashes that have not been repaired. This stunning piece came out of a Sonoma, CA collection-$1,299 BUY NOW
35 At least a century old, this beautifully made 32” x17” flares at the top and comes from the Sudan Mahdist Sudan war. It is crafted from very thick leather and utilizes a very unique handle design. The entire border is embossed with a subtle decoration which that is very well executed-$999 BUY NOW
36 Stunning Dinka parrying shield from the late 1800’s measures 52” x 17” (widest point) and comes from Sudan. It has all the expected components; a raised boss, dimpled texture, the reverse teardrop shape and a thick wooden main beam for rigidity. The main beam is held in place front and back with belts of leather from sections of the thick, piece of hide-$1,499 SOLD
37 Ancient leather shield from the fierce Turkana tribe in Kenya that dates back to the late 1800’s. After the turn of the century they transitioned to steel shields that offered some protection against bullets. This fine example is expertly crafted with fine leather work and a stout main beam that is adorned with Ostrich feathers-$799 BUY NOW
In over two decades of collecting, we have only come across a handful of authentic Zulu shields. Unlike Maasai shields, which have the hair scraped off, Zulu shields leave the hair on and this causes them to age less gracefully than all-leather Maasai or woven shields so they are extremely rare. For over a decade we have had to tell many of our customers that while we can supply Zulu spears, knobkerries and axes, we are unable to provide a matching Zulu shield. For this reason, ever since we put out our first catalog in 2008, we have been looking for a good source of authentic reproduction Zulu shields...this year we finally found one!
These are made by an 85 year
old Zulu Warrior and his two
apprentices in South Africa.
They incorporate eye-catching
Nguni cowhide, a wooden main
beam and decorative impala
hide fringe at the top. Colors of
the shields, which are typically
spotted include, black, white and
We stock a large shield size and the length includes the wood main beam; it measures 52”x 20”. These are sold in four-piece sets which include; a shield, impala topped main beam, knobkerrie and spear.