Mendi shoulder war shield

Shoulder war shield Mendi village c. 1950 cm. 75 x 30 wood natural pigments.
There were three shields type among the Mendi : the large rectangular shoulder shield (SHOMO), the bowmen' s oval wooden shoulder shield (WORRUMBI) and the wooden under-arm shield (ELAYABORR). This item is from the third type (ELAYABORR) worn to protect the torso during battle while leaving both hands free for using the bow. It has a U-shaped notch at the top and was hung from the bowman' s shoulder.
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