Discussing a Mendi shield in the Jolika Collection at the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Friede notes that such shields were worn 'slung over the shoulder, protecting the side of the man carrying it while his hands are free for using his weapons' (Friede, 2005, p. 192).
Very good condition overall. Nicks, chips, scratches, and abrasions scattered throughout. Old losses to the edges. Crack to the proper left side at the front in the top most register. Fiber handle detached but remains with piece. Very fine patina showing extensive signs of use and retaining original red and white pigments, with no signs of repainting. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.