A &amp;quot;Masai&amp;quot; Painted Shield<br />
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 Its beautiful colors and geometric...
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A &quot;Masai&quot; Painted Shield

Its beautiful colors and geometric patterns are specifically chosen as portraying both traditional, symbolic importance and spiritual meanings to the Masai or Maasai.

The hide of this shield is made of leather from cattle. The patterns are made with the cow hair and with paint. The hide of the shield is stretched and tied over a frame made of bent twigs.