Shield

About this object

Narrative

The collector was told the ostrich feather ball was held at the top of the shield when the hunter wanted to entice an animal to strike it, so it could then be speared in the process.

Physical description

A tall thin curved hide shield with each of the four corners curving outward. The handle is a long stick down the middle which is looped at the centre. Hide binds parts of the handle to the shield. There is a ball of dark feathers (part b) that is said to go with the shield.