A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'
A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'
A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'
A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'
A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'
A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'

A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the 'Baboon Master'

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A Rare South African Tsonga Prestige Staff by the ‘Baboon Master’
Fine old smooth patina
Late 19th Century

Size : 94.5 cm long – 37¼ ins long
cf See : Finch and Co catalogue no. 6, item no. 128, also a very similar example 'Zulu Treasures' 1996 page 83 and another in 'Southeast African and Oceanic Art' Conru, 2005

Stylistically this beautiful carving of a traditional married Zulu women with her typical flaring hairstyle from the Kwa-Zulu Natal bears the trademark of the 'Baboon Master'. Evident is his tall and slender, compact treatment of form and delicately carved facial features of the woman. Her gently swollen abdomen suggesting pregnancy and thus maternity.

Dimensions
Height 94.50 cm (37.20 inches)
Stock Code
F075
Medium
wood
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