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Smooth honey coloured patina 19th Century
Size: 57cm long - 22½ ins long / 6.5cm dia. 2½ ins dia. (head)
See: Finch & Co catalogue no.7, item no.99, and catalogue no.22, item no.20, for two other examples
Knobkerries fashioned from rhino horn were used to denote status and authority as can be seen in the 1833 engraving by E. Casalis of Zulu chief Mosheshwe formally holding one as a sceptre. They were an essential part of a chief’s regalia functioning both as a staff of office and as a symbol of personal dignity.