• Arts of Africa, Oceania and th auction at Christies

    Sale 2661

    Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas including Property from the Estate of Ernst Beyeler

    10 May 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    ARUSI SHIELD, ETHIOPIA

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    ARUSI SHIELD, ETHIOPIA
    Height: 29½ in. (75 cm.)


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    Beautiful round-shaped shield made out of buffalo hide (syncerus caffer). The low-relief motifs, formed before the skin was dried, recall crocodile's scales. For a related example, see Plaschke and D., Zirngibl, M., 1992, ill. 59.

    Provenance

    Ambre Congo, Pierre Loos, Bruxelles
    Ernst Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, before 1993