The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art


Oromo people, Ethiopia 

late 19th-20th century



hide (hippo or buffalo); outer surface with red and black pigment

late 19th-early 20th century

probably Oromo people


diameter: approx. 72.5 cm

The shield has several old tribal repairs, stitching tears along the edges.  The original semi-circular hide handle is affixed to the back of the shield.

Provenance: acquired in Ethiopia, by the present owner, Jack Daulton

For the type, see Purissima Benitez-Johannot, et al., Shields: Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. From the Collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum (Prestel, 2000), pg.104-105, ill. 35; Dieter Plaschke and Manfred A. Zirngibl, Afrikanische Schilde. African Shields (Panterra Verlag, 1992), pg. 69, ill. 59.

Standing on a lotus base flanked by an attendant and a small figure of the elephant Nalagiri crouching beside him, wearing a closely fitted sanghati with his left hand raised holding the tip of his robe, backed by an arched mandorla with flame border and two stupas flanking his head
back of the shield:
The Daulton Collection