Ethiopia, 19th century
Two finely crafted and (apparently) lathe-turned examples, made of extremely thick hide. With openwork brass handle attachment plates. Quite rare.
Largest is 9 1/2" diameter (24.1 cm)
The John J. Slocum Collection - Newport, RIMr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby’s, London in 1997.