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The Best Offense Is A Good Defense – African Shields

Friday, June 12, 2015

African shields may seem an antiquated form of defense but they were far more than just functional objects. To the Maasai they were objects of prestige and rank, and to other tribes in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo they were forms of identification. Shields were brandished during ceremonies and rituals as much as they were used in battles. The artfully woven rattan, indented hides or incised woods were visually significant patterns that served purpose and held meaning...

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