South African North Nguni Blond Rhinoceros Horn Prestige Knobkerrie
South African North Nguni Blond Rhinoceros Horn Prestige Knobkerrie
South African North Nguni Blond Rhinoceros Horn Prestige Knobkerrie

South African North Nguni Blond Rhinoceros Horn Prestige Knobkerrie

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A Rare South African North Nguni Blond Rhinoceros Horn Prestige Knobkerrie
Smooth honey coloured patina
19th Century

Size: 57cm long - 22½ ins long / 6.5cm dia. 2½ ins dia. (head)
Provenance: Ex English Private collection
See: Finch & Co catalogue no.7, item no.99, and catalogue no.22, item no.20, for two other examples
The white rhinoceros has a blond coloured horn which is much larger than that of the black rhinoceros. During the 19th century rhino horns of exceptional length were rare, but could still be seen. One blond horn was measured to be an amazing 1.58 metres long.
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.

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Rhinoceros Horn
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