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.

Details

  • In the Style Of
    Tribal
  • Place of Origin
    South Africa
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    26.5 in. H x 4 in. W x 2 in. D
    67 cm H x 10 cm W x 5 cm D
  • Dealer Location
    New York, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU104802787312
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