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Early 20th Century Zulu Knobkerrie Sculpture, South Africa

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Knobkerries were ubiquitously carried by Southern African men as weapons, dance staffs and symbols of status. While typically designed as somewhat utilitarian objects, they were oftentimes crafted with a high aesthetic sensibility. This particular example, carved in light, honey-colored wood, features a head composed of three disc-like forms that together seem to evoke an abstracted face. Provenance: Private United Kingdom collection.

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 26.5 in. x W 4 in. x D 2 in.

    H 67.31 cm x W 10.16 cm x D 5.08 cm

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    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    LU104802787312

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