A Central African Democratic Republic of Congo Mongo Saka Peoples Long Oval Wickerworked Shield
Rattan Raffia and Wood
Late 19th Century
Size: 143cm long, 24.5cm wide - 56½ ins long, 9¾ ins wide
On no other continent in the world is there a wider spectrum of shield types than Africa. The craftsmanship of the individual tribes and the local availability of plants and animals played a decisive role in the development of individual shield types.
Wicker shields came from the areas of tropical rainforest. The Saka people are one of the sixty sub-tribes of the Mongo who constitute the most important Bantu group. Amongst them are a large number of pygmy groups.
Living in the rainforest, the Mongo peoples all make and use shields constructed from two layers of wicker put one on top of each other and then stabilised with a braided reed or cane rim.
Ex Belgian collection