Traditionally these shields were used as defensive weapons and decorative objects, Symbolizing Status and Wealth. Today these African Shields are a favorite among designers, decorators, and art collectors. An original patina covers the item. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks".The seller is "naga_4823" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.