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Cowrie Shield - Cameroon

Cowrie Shield - Cameroon

Enhance your home with our beautiful authentic Cowrie Shell Shield.  Hand carved from one piece of wood by the Tikar tribe of Cameroon makes each shield unique. 

Adorned with cowrie shells, it takes 3 or more days to make one small shield.  This is definitely a labor of love. 

Traditionally, these shields were used as defensive weapons and also as decorative or ritual objects which in Cameroon symbolizes status and wealth.

No matter what your design or color preference is, these artisanal wall pieces are without a doubt conversation points in any space.  

* Black Table Mounting Stand Included.

Wall mounting hooks attached too.

Dimensions: 

     30cm - 35cm (MED)

     50cm - 58cm (LRG)

Colour:  Natural

Historically used as a defensive weapon in wartime and displayed as a decorative symbol of status and wealth by the Tikar tribe in Cameroon. Maticulously crafted, carved from one solid piece of Baobab wood, a sacred wood used for medicinal and ritual purposes for centuries, this large shield boasts hundreds of hand-placed beads on manila string in a circular pattern around a dimensional cluster of natural cowrie shells in the center. The edge is framed in a row of cowrie shells, as well, creating a bold silhouette.  The decorative dimensional cluster of natural cowrie shells in the center. The edge is framed in a row of cowrie shells, as well, creating a bold silhouette. This decorative shield is one-of-a-kind, collaboratively crafted by a large group of tribes people to make each piece truly unique and communal.

 

 

 



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