A finely carved hardwood Zulu staff with a Baboon head
A finely carved hardwood Zulu staff with a Baboon head

A finely carved hardwood Zulu staff with a Baboon head

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A finely carved hardwood Zulu staff with the head of a baboon on an entwined stem
Late 19th century

Size : 99 cm long
39 ins long
In the last quarter of the 19th century a new commercial market appeared for the Zulu wood carvers in carving and selling walking sticks to European soldiers arriving to fight in the Anglo Zulu and South African wars.
The 'Baboon Master' working, it is thought, in the region of Pietermaritzborg and Durban carved such sticks incorporating the form of a baboon into the handle.
Dimensions
Height 99.00 cm (38.98 inches)
Medium
wood
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