"Staff of Moses"
Wood, lacquer
20”
Early 20th century
Ex Ksenia-Collection, Israel

This nicely carved staff topped by the head of Moses with a snake wrapped around the shaft was a gift given by
the Mayor of the Arab city of Hebron to an Israeli officer (Lieutenant Colonel) who’s name was Moses. It doesn't
fall under the "Tribal Art" category, but the carving details on this particular staff drew my eye's attention. The
carving of the face and the character portrayed in it are wonderful. Snakes wrapped around staffs are also
commonly found in various African cultures as well, and that similarity in this staff also drew me to it.

$350
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