Topoké Culture Warrior Shield, Northwest Mongo Region, DRC

Frédéric Coridon


Topoké culture, Northwest Mongo region, Democratic Republic of Congo
First half of the 20th century
Basketry, wood and pigments
H .: 77cm; L.:36cm
(wear on the lower part)

This rectangular shield has a peculiarity specific to the Topoke culture: its central fold giving it a V shape. It allowed ease of handling. The lower part is marked with an ancient use referring to the combat of warriors: with the help of the shield the protective fences of the enemy villages were more easily weakened.
The set consists of woven wood basketry and enhanced with white pigments worked in a cross around a central axis of symmetry.

The handle on the back is braided vegetable fibers.

Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

Condition Fairly good condition
800 €

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