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Smooth Beaded Shield Wall Panels I
by African Creative
- baobab wood, glass beads, cowrie shells, manila string
- 2 sizes | M: 12-14"W, L: 22-24"W
Historically used as a defensive weapon in wartime and displayed as a decorative symbol of status and wealth by the Tikar tribe in Cameroon. Meticulously 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, creating a bold silhouette.