For additional detail, click on any photo below to see the higher resolution version of the image.
Zulu knobkerrie, South Africa
19.5" tall
wood, brass tacks

$500

Objects of this type were used as weapons and as symbols of status in various cultures in South Africa. This
really is one of my favorite example of this type of object. I love the form, especially the unique curve at the top
leading towards the knob that is adorned with a few nicely placed brass upholstery tacks. The well worn patina
attests to the fact that this was once a highly treasured personal object.

"A Knobkierie, occasionally spelled knopkierie or knobkerry, is a strong, short wooden club with a heavy rounded
knob or head on one end, traditionally used by Southern African tribes including the Zulu, as a weapon in warfare
and the chase. The word Knobkerrie derives from the Dutch knop (knob or button), and the Bushman and
Hottentot kerrie or kirri (stick). The weapon is employed at close quarters, or as a missile, and in time of peace
may serve as a walking-stick. The head, or knob, is often ornately carved with faces or shapes that have symbolic
meaning. The knobkierie itself serves this function in the crest of the 2000 new federal coat of Arms of South
Africa. The name has been extended to similar weapons used by the natives of Australia, the Pacific islands and
other places. " -
Wikipedia
For additional detail, click on any photo below to see the higher resolution version of the image.