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>>1857 Masai moran
Subjectmoran warrior
Culture: Masai
Setting: tribal warfare, east Africa early-mid 19thc.
Object: shield

* American Museum of Natural History > Hall of African Peoples
"Buffalo-hide shield, painted to show affiliation and status."

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* Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art > Weapons and Warriors: The Art of Armaments *
"Masai shield
water buffalo  ...
The Masai are located in modern Kenya and Tanzania."

* Museum of Science

* Museum of Science

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History > Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years *

* Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology > Arts of War
Many African shields were made from the hide of domestic cattle, hippopotamus or crocodile.  The design of this east African Maasai shield is divided vertically into two equal parts.  One half distinguishes the tribal subgroup; the other half is decorated to commemorate the battle successes of the individual warrior."