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Gene Smith Sioux War Shield


Item Number: DR 3144
Tribe: Choctaw
Artist: Gene “Iron Man” Smith
Medium: Stainless steel and brass
Age: 2020
Dimensions: 32″ by 25″
and a weight of over 35 pounds


SKU: DR 3144 Categories: , ,


War shields were very important to Native Americans because they were strong symbols of good medicine. Representing both physical protection and also spiritual protection, shields displayed the cultural identity of the Native American that used them.  Shields were highly valued objects, whose various decorations provided protective powers during battles.

Gene created this stainless steel and brass shield reminiscent of the ones used by his ancestors. He has chosen to place highly valued symbols for strength and successful hunting around the four sides—an eagle, a bear, a buffalo, and a wolf. The center is an eight-pointed star with a flower in the middle. There are twelve feathers hanging from the bottom of the shield. This is a magnificent piece of art to hang on the wall.

Condition: Excellent – original condition – new.
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist.