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c1895 East Africa Luhya Tribe Hippopotamus War Shield
  • c1895 East Africa Luhya Tribe Hippopotamus War Shield
  • c1895 East Africa Luhya Tribe Hippopotamus War Shield
  • c1895 East Africa Luhya Tribe Hippopotamus War Shield

c1895 East Africa Luhya Tribe Hippopotamus War Shield

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£1,250.00


Product Description

A fine end of the 19th century East African Hippopotamus hide shield, of the Luhya Bantu tribe, from the Western edge of what is now Kenya.

The shield is made of a large, thick, leaf shaped, piece of leather that is mounted upon a vertical wooden handle, held together by leather strips and cuts in the leather. Because the leather is so thick it does not require any frame work to give it rigidity and shape. The front of the shield does not bear any ornamentation, unlike the Maasai shields in the Eastern part of the country. These shields are rare and seldomly come onto the market. We also have 2 separate spears from the Luhya tribe to complement the shield.

The Luhya, also known as Abaluyia, are a Bantu ethnic group in Kenya. They number about 5 million people according to the 2009 census, being about 16% of Kenya's total population of 38.5 million, and are the second-largest ethnic group in Kenya. Luhya refers to both the people and their language. There are 18 tribes that make up the Luhya. Each has a distinct dialect. The word Luhya or Luyia in some of the dialects means "the north", and Abaluhya (Abaluyia) thus means "people from the north". Other translations are "those of the same hearth."

Size shield: 46 x 116 cm (18 x 45 ½ inches)
Weight: 3270 g

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