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Small shield

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, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Rwanda, Tutsi peoples, 20th century


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

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Africa and Oceania


Arms and armor