This authentic African Maasai shield is handcrafted with symbolic colors and a true spirit of the African people. Bring home the spirit of the Massai with this dramatic and vibrant African shield. The shield is handcrafted with symbolic colors and genuine leather cowhide. The red color signifies the struggle for independence. Black and brown symbolizes the African people, and white stands for peace and unity. The authentic African Masai shield measures approx. 24" tall.
The Maasai warriors are one of the most prominent and respected ethnic groups in Kenya. Maasai men, in order to become warriors, must go out alone into the bush and kill a male lion with their bare hands. The warriors are so greatly feared, it is told that lions and cheetahs will run away or stop their pursuits of game animals if a Maasai warrior is anywhere close by. As soon as a Masai warrior is initiated their spear and shield are decorated with red paint, which is symbolic of their status in society. When you own these you are owning a true piece of African culture, pride, and strength.