19th Century African Zulu War Club "Knobkerrie" Killing Stick For Sale
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19th Century African Zulu War Club "Knobkerrie" Killing Stick

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19th century Zulu war club known as a Knobkerrie made from the wood of a root ball or wad and carried by Zulu warriors in South Africa. Made from the hard wood of a root ball of a tree or ironwood, with the shaft carved from just one limb, making it the real deal not a later tourist copy. This is a very fierce weapon as it has 66 kills notched into the shaft, perhaps carried by an executioner! The Knobkerrie formed an important part of the Zulu warrior’s arsenal and given the weight and hardness of the head, could inflict very serious wounds. Nice wear on the shaft from where it was held and very nice aged patina. "A Knobkierie, occasionally spelled knopkierie or knobkerry, is a strong, short wooden club with a heavy rounded knob or head on one end, traditionally used by Southern African tribes including the Zulu, as a weapon in warfare and the chase. The word Knobkerrie derives from the Dutch knop (knob or button), and the Bushman and Hottentot kerrie or kirri (stick). The weapon is employed at close quarters, or as a missile, and in time of peace may serve as a walking-stick. The head, or knob, is often ornately carved with faces or shapes that have symbolic meaning. The knobkierie itself serves this function in the crest of the 2000 new federal coat of Arms of South Africa. The name has been extended to similar weapons used by the natives of Australia, the Pacific islands and other places".  

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 27.5 in. x Dm 3.25 in.H 69.85 cm x Dm 8.26 cm
  • Diameter
    3.25 in. (8.26 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Hamilton, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1355211289383
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