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Glasgow's shield

The buffalo skin shield, decorated in silver, was returned by an Scottish academic.

the shieldFiona Wilson, professor of history and development studies at the University of Roskilde in Denmark, originally thought it was of Scottish origin.

The shield had been in her family since it was bought from a dealer by her grandfather in Glasgow in the 1890s.

Ms Wilson said: "Throughout my childhood the shield was hanging in the dining room of my parents' house.

"Everyone believed it was Scottish but I discovered that I had become, without realising it, the keeper of a small part of Ethiopia's historical heritage and national treasure and decided it should be returned."

The academic handed the heirloom over to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies of the University of Addis Ababa at a ceremony at her university.

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Current location

Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University
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468 items
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Glasgow's shield
Cameronians' cross
Reed shirt
Lancaster miscellaneous
Halifax miscellaneous
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The British Library
The British Museum
Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum Halifax
Dundee University Museum
Edinburgh University Library
The John Rylands Uni Library
Lancaster Museum & Priory
National Archives of Scotland
The Sch°yen Collection
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Windsor Castle

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