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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965A476.1
Collection:Ethnography - Asia
Date:1800 - 1900


This shield is made from a wood frame covered with painted leather. Some shields were designed purely for show at ceremonies. These were often light and highly decorated and would not have been suitable for use in warfare.Afghanistan is at the 'crossroads' of Central, West, and South Asia. For centuries this area has seen vast armies of the world and waves of migrating peoples passing through. Armed conflict has resulted in order to settle land disputes and defend religious beliefs.

Presented by Mrs C Johnstone, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:Afghanistan
Place of Excavation:Afghanistan


Height:550 mm