A Very Rare Zulu / North Nguni , Kwa Zulu Natal , South Africa , Carved Rhinoceros Horn Prestige or Dance Staff
A Very Rare Zulu / North Nguni , Kwa Zulu Natal , South Africa , Carved Rhinoceros Horn Prestige or Dance Staff
A Very Rare Zulu / North Nguni , Kwa Zulu Natal , South Africa , Carved Rhinoceros Horn Prestige or Dance Staff

A Very Rare Zulu / North Nguni , Kwa Zulu Natal , South Africa , Carved Rhinoceros Horn Prestige or Dance Staff

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A Very Rare Zulu / North Nguni , Kwa Zulu Natal , South Africa , Carved Rhinoceros Horn Prestige or Dance Staff . The knob carved as a man wearing a headring , the sectional shaft bound with rings of woven brass and copper wire
19 th Century

Size : 87.5 cm long – 34½ ins long
Clubs and staffs that were made of rhinoceros horn were reserved for chiefs as symbols of status . The Zulu also attached great status to brass and copper , often stripping early colonial telegraph installations of their wire , to use it on prestige objects . As an item of trade , copper and brass wire retained its value and importance amongst the people of the colony of Natal until the early 20 th Century . Zulu men traditionally wove baskets before the intervention of missionaries and thus were familiar with the skills needed to personalise their staffs and clubs with the plaited and woven wirework .
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See : Finch & Co cat no. 2 ( item 40 ) for an example of a Zulu rhinoceros horn knobkerrie
Dimensions
Height 87.50 cm (34.45 inches)
Medium
Rhinoceros horn and brass and copper wire
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