Club ("Knobkerrie")

Club ("Knobkerrie")

late 1800s or early 1900s

Wood

Overall: 66 cm (26 in.)

Gift of Dori and Daniel Rootenberg, Jacaranda Tribal, New York 2010.232

Fun Fact

The term knobkerrie refers to a characteristic spherical knob of wood or head atop a cylindrical shaft.

Description

Relatively short sticks were traditionally used for hunting and fighting and are customarily called knobkerries. The name refers to the characteristic spherical knob of wood or head atop a cylindrical shaft. The knobs could be decorated with copper or brass studs or carved in various shapes and forms. This heavily patinated non-figurative club, with its sliced-off spherical knob, exemplifies a classic Zulu style.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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