Shields & Weapons.

Most Ethiopian shields are made from a very thick, tough leather, said to be hippopotamus hide. They are stretched and hammered over (often elaborate) wood forms, dried and removed. Some shields are highly metal ornamented leather formerly used by elite warriors in Ethiopia.

A shotel (Amharic/Tigrinya ሽቶል or also spelled as ሽተል) is a curved sword originating in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The curve on the blade varies from the Persian shamshir, adopting an almost semicircular shape. The blade is flat and double-edged with a diamond cross-section. The blade is about 40 inches (1,000 mm) in total length and the hilt is a simple wooden piece with no guard. The shotel was carried in a close fitting leather scabbard.