Rectangular hide shields used among many cultural groups in southern Sudan, northern Kenia and northern Uganda -Turkana, Pokot, Suk, Toposa, Didinga, Karamoja, Lango & Acholi. left to right 2 Turkana leather shields, 2 Acholi – one big leather with metal applications and one wooden training shield for younger boys . The last one in this row: Turkana sheet metal shield. Next row show - left to right: Toposa fighting shield - bleached Giraffe hide; 4 Didinga ceremonial dance shields.
Africa | Collection of KwaZulu earplugs from South Africa | ca. 1950 - 1970 | The earplugs are made from a South African soft wood, iziqhaza, which is overlaid to one or both sides with brightly coloured designs of vinyl cut from 'Marley' floor tiles; these finely worked mosaic overlays are glued and pinned in place.