Moravi (?) staff, South Africa
wood, pigment
48" tall
signs of age and use

$800

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
For additional detail, click on any photo below to see the higher resolution version of the image.
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