Amazing African Turkan war shield in good condition.
Rectangular shape made from buffalo hide with a wooden support pole doubling as a grip. The Turkana were a militaristic people who used shields in combat to deflect, parry and strike blows.
An excellent piece of authentic tribal art that looks great displayed on a wall.
Turkana, a people living in the arid, sandy expanse of northwestern Kenya, from Lake Rudolf (Lake Turkana) to the Ugandan border. The Turkana speak an Eastern Nilotic language of the Nilo-Saharan language family. Their language closely resembles that of the Teso. They apparently moved to their present lands about 200 years ago from an area now in northeastern Uganda where the closely related Jie and Karimojong still live