|Moravi (?) staff, South Africa|
signs of age and use
The shaft of this staff has a snake wrapping around it that is incised into the wood. I've been tempted several
times to remove the figure from the staff because it holds its own as a stand-alone sculpture very well, but I've
chosen to leave it intact.
"Staffs had many functions, they were both status symbols and tools used by a wide range of specialists, such as
headmen, leaders of lineages or associations, diviners, healers, exorcists, and witch hunters, in a variety of ways.
Their form and iconography varied according to the ritualist to whom they belonged.” - Mwana Hiti by Marc L. Felix