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Rich old reddish brown patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 63cm long – 24¾ ins long
Elephant hunting has lost its economic and nutritional importance to the Kuba, but it is still an activity shrouded in ritual that brings honour and prestige to successful hunters. Talisman are created to increase their chances of success and emblems may be worn by the successful hunter and his family. As well as being emblematic of a powerful ancestral hunter, these pestles are probably also regarded as amuletic.