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Date Made:ca. 1870
Place Made:Zimbabwe; (Rhodesia); (Zulu Kingdom)
Measurements:overall: 35 in x 22 1/2 in x 1/16 in; 88.9 cm x 57.15 cm x .15875 cm
Accession Number:  MH SK L.F.4
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College

Original label: "A modern native skin shield from Northern Rhodesia, South Africa. The shield proper consists of the heavy, stiff skin of an animal, cut to a large pointed oval, the hair short, white, with black patches. Parallel insertions are cut vertically in the middle, the upper series being filled with a black haired skin, the lower, with a brown haired skin. Running through six triangular fastenings on the back is a very light colored hard wood rod, 57 3/4" long, which is bound at the top with a long haired animal's tail, striped white, tan, and black, dangling from which are thin strips of gray haired skin."

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