War Shield, Maasai/Kikuyu

Maasai or possibly Kikuyu peoples
Leather and wood with natural pigment colors
40” tall by 21 1/2” wide
Early 20th century

This shield is lighter and made from thinner hide than most Maasai shields and may be an outlying group more towards the Kikuyu.

There are multiple old collection numbers with one being from the Denver Art Museum when they purchased it in 1951. This shield was deaccessioned from the museum in 2017.