Knobkerrie Zulu Wooden War Club, South Africa – 19th Century
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.
Wood, slightly shiny brown patina, delicate shaft, heavy bowl-shaped club head, slight traces of usage.
52cm high – 54cm wide – 12cm depth
ex Belgian private collection
All dimensions are without the mounting