Shield

Ngombe peoples
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

Overall: 141 x 48 x 18 cm (55 1/2 x 18 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2731

Medium or Technique

Cane, fiber

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Armor

The Ngombe, who produced a great variety of bladed weapons, produced a large number of shields. This shield is typical of Ngombe design and is made of cross-woven reeds, which are framed by a braided reed. The surface of the shield is adorned with simple geometric patterns and handle boards are affixed to the back of the shield.

Provenance

1964, sold by the Galerie Lemaire, Brussels, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart