Ngombe peoples
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cane, fiber

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



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.


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