Such wicker-covered shields were carried by the Ganda/Baganda/Waganda north of lake Victoria and by the Basoga in Uganda. Among the shields from this region, this is one of the most striking. Wicker shields were made of lightweight wood stitched together with twine from a climbing plant. It has horizontal lines running from the rim to the middle of the shield. The reed-encased handle on the inner side is also covered with wicker.
Wicker shields display the high artistic quality of their workmanship and their elegance. Shields among African cultures were used in different ways. Used during initiation of young boys, ritual ceremonies and of course in wars. Since they were always in armed conflicts with each other. This is an old shield with visible traces of usage around the handle.
Material: Lightwood and wicker
Age: Approximately 50-60 yrs
|Dimensions||0.5 × 36 × 47 cm|