Colonial Era Maasai Shields

A 35” Maasai shield with vibrant colors and beautifully made – $2,199 Buy Now

B 28” Maasai shield with beautiful colors, great construction and two talismans. More concave than the others due to the leather shrinking – $2,499 SOLD

C Massive 38” shield in great shape-over 100 years old, very heavily built with thick main beam and raised boss – $2,699 SOLD

D Massive 41” shield over 100 years old in great shape with nice colors, stunning craftsmanship on the raised boss and talisman on back handle. Climate controlled piece – $2,999 SOLD

E 35” Maasai shield that is very old, beautifully made with great design/colors. Climate controlled piece – $2,899 SOLD

F 8” shield with original colors covered with the soot from thousands of fires. Cracked handle on back and some distortion in shape due to leather drying – $2,299 Buy Now

G 39” shield with talisman attached. Nice colors with some distortion in shape due to leather drying. Frame and handle not as nice as the other pieces – $2,099 Buy Now

H 35” shield with nice colors with some distortion in shape due to leather drying. Nice frame and handle construction – $2,299 SOLD

Back of Colonia Era Maasai Shields Featured Above

Tutsi & Congo Shields

I This matched set of four shields with great colors/designs are the only ones like this we have come across in decades of collecting. Tutsi shields are usually 18” tall but these are almost 3X that at 45” tall and 11-12” across. They are carved from one solid piece of wood and have an integral handle that will make hanging easy - $3,499 Buy Now

J This woven shield probably took at least a 100 hours to craft. It measures 51” x 16” and is very solid but light in weight. The wooden handle is woven onto hours the back and we estimate this shield is over 100 years old - $899 Buy Now

Congo & Turkana Shields

K This beautiful woven fiber shield is over 100 years old and measures 37” x 20”. It has a prominent cone shaped wood boss on the front to protect the warriors hand and is reinforced with a wood slat frame on the back. The handle is made out of woven material as well and is still solid after all these years so it is the perfect hanging point $999 Buy Now

L Old and New Turkana Shields We estimate the larger, older leather shield is over 130 years old and it is expertly crafted with fine leather work and a stout main beam adorned with Ostrich feathers. The leather portion measures 33” x 10 and flares to 15” wide at the top and bottom. This shield offered protection when spears and arrows were the weapons of the day. The smaller, all metal version measures 25” x 9” and dates from the early 1900’s when firearms and rolled steel came into existence. This heavy shield was made to be bulletproof and it might have been against old muzzle loaders. It mimics the basic construction of the leather one but the craftsmanship is missing and the materials are different; the steel main beam is wired to the shield and it incorporates a crude handle. - $999/pair Buy Now

Newer Shield Options

N Decorative 20” x 14” Maasai shield made from thick leather that is nicely made-$299 Buy Now

O Matched pair of thin Maasai 33” x 21” shields made for the curio trade. One has a broken handle-$249
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P Newer, thick leather Ethiopian shield that is 18” across and adorned with ancient warriors all the way around the outer front band-$499 Buy Now

Q Worst fake in history-writing on back tells how it was a Zulu war trophy but it is a Maasai shield. Nicely made with good colors and makes for interesting reading! $299 SOLD

R Thin 33” x 23” Maasai shield made for the curio trade-$119 Buy Now
Backs of Shields Featured Above

Authentic Reproductions

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 tan.

We stock two shield sizes and the length includes the wood main beam; XL is 60”x 24” and L is 52”x 20” with other sizes available upon request. These are sold in four-piece sets which include; a shield, impala topped main beam, knobkerrie and spear.

Maasai Shields

These Maasai shields are crafted in a remote village in Tanzania and utilize construction techniques that have been passed down from father to son for hundreds of years. They display the traditional construction, geometric designs and bright colors which are unique to the shields of these proud people. Two sizes both with a wooden frame that shapes and supports the shaved cowhide.