Carthaginian Auxiliary

Carthaginian Auxiliary

This is meant to represent an auxiliary war elephant from ancient Carthage. I say auxiliary because the black spear-woman on top is obviously an assimilated African subject instead of an ethnically Punic (Phoenician) citizen. Much like their Roman adversaries, Carthage lorded over a polyglot group of peoples on both sides of the Mediterranean, so non-Punic soldiers such as Africans, Celts, and Iberians would have built up much of their army. As for the shield the lady’s carrying, it features a real Carthaginian religious symbol in white, but the general design is based off traditional shields used by the Zande people of Central Africa.


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