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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Probably by the ‘Baboon master’
Fine old smooth patina
Late 19th Century
Size : 94 cm long – 37 ins long
A workshop probably existed in the area of Pietermaritzborg and Durban carving staffs for sale to the emerging European commercial market. Soldiers, traders, travellers and colonists, many of whom were brought to the cape as a consequence of the Anglo Zulu and Dutch wars, would purchase a 'souvenir of Zulu land'.
However, it is also now thought that many of these staffs were also used as ceremonial, and important prestige items, by the indigenous Zulu leaders and other men of rank.
|Height||94.00 cm||(37.01 inches)|