Traditionally these shields were used as defensive weapons and also as decorative or ritual objects, which in Cameroon symbolize status and wealth. Hand-carved from one piece of wood and decorated by large groups of locals making up the Tikar Tribe makes each shield a unique piece. African shields were designed to offer protection during battles and combats. Small, lightweight shields offered greater mobility for close combat, and large, heavier ones provided more protection during ground battles. The patterns and designs on the shield indicated the person’s rank and status on the battlefield, as well as the ethnic group he belonged to.
Shields were also used as accessories in the initiation and dance ceremonies.
These talented people produce gorgeous art pieces highly coveted for home decor
You can also choose to display it with a stand.
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