12" in diameter. A medium brown rabbit pelt shield, buffalo concho, and four horse hair drops (2 blond, 2 black) with 2" antiqued bone hair pipe and 8 mm India-made crow beads in the Four Direction colors (white, yellow, black, red). OOAK Meaning of mandellas: The Mandella is one of the most powerful American Indian items there is and originated as the war shield. They are believed to bring happiness, health, prosperity, and good luck to the owner. Prayers for survival, spiritual blessings, strong visions, physical protection and long life go into the making of the traditional Mandella. Honor these truths with your own prayers - and when you look upon your wall and find your eyes drawn to your personal Mandella - the Creator can whisper and empower you with inner strength, humility... and peace.