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    Mongo Region (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Shield
    Basketry, wood
    Height: 51 ¾ inches Width: 15 ½ inches Depth: 1 inch

    A large number of tribal groups which lived in the areas of the Tshuapa, Lokolo, Lopori, and Matinga rivers used the type of shield represented by this example. Although the width varied among different groups, all were similarly made, having "the characteristic Mongo double rattan rods that run alongside the midrib, providing additional strength. After weaving the surface, the shield maker would then attach it to a wooden frame peaked slightly at the top ends." (P. Benitez-Johannot in P. Benitez-Johannot and Jean Paul Barbier. Shields. Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, from the Collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum. Munich, London, New York: Prestel, 2000, p.74). In addition to their use in battle, these shields were used in warriors' dance rituals and were displayed in the tombs of some chiefs.
    Some fiber wrappings are missing along the edges and small patches of glue are visible near the center.

    Provenance: Gary Hendershott, Little Rock
    TAD Tribal Art & Design (Taylor A. Dale), Santa Fe
    A New England Arms and Armor Collection



    Estimate: $1,000 - $1,800.

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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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