21 1/2" diameter of conical form with thick rolled edge (stitched crack) and cylindrical central boss. Decorated throughout with geometric annular bands. The edge with original hanging strap, complete but broken. Reverse with heavy built up leather hand grip (seam opened). Worn from use. Expansion period, C.1890s when Ethiopia conquered her neighbors, and expanded her territories under Menelik II. At that time, Ethiopia was a major market for slaves, which comprised about a quarter of her population.