Ngao, which means shield in Kiswahili, is a prominent symbol for defense of freedom on the Kenyan national flag. Inspired by the Maasai Shield, the ‘Elongo’, is an important artifact with not only practical use but also fine arts features. The Maasai are known for being superior warriors and bravery. A Maasai warrior shield was not only used for hunting and warfare but also believed to have protection of a symbolic nature. Shields were valued objects and symbols of identification. Different designs were used to distinguish complex lineage identification systems, age sets and the various Maasai sub-communities. Each shield is made by the warrior, the surface decorated with large, nearly symmetrical crescents in red, white and black. Wear this piece as a constant reminder that you are Brave!