Tribal shield - Wood - Mongo - DR Congo

Tribal shield - Wood - Mongo - DR Congo
Mid 20th century - Good

Impressive wooden shield from the Mongo people of D.R. Congo. Beautiful large shield with geometric designs. Large item, total length: 103 cm!

"Initially utilitarian, ephemeral objects that were a key component of the defensive reflex, shields became so elaborate and ingeniously made that they came to be seen as works of art in their own right. By definition, a shield's main purpose is for combat, acting as a sign of a kind of war rite. Yet it is also an object for ostentatious display in which communication is achieved through aesthetic power. One of the trappings of personal adornment, a shield could be made for a feast day, for a ritual dance, or for a parade, as its presence in the tournaments of the medieval period makes abundantly clear.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

Lot details
Tribal shield
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
DR Congo
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
103×41×6 cm
3000 g
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