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Small shield

20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Rwanda


Overall: 50.8 x 10.16 x 6.35 cm (at thickest area) (20 x 4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Arms and armor

This type of shield was used throughout Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is covered on both sides by wicker rattan with exception of the central wooden projection and the handle on the inside of the shield.


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