E1473: Wooden Maasai Knobkerrie

Ethnographic

Identifier:
E1473
Classification Category:
5:Tools & Equipment for Science and Technology ➞ Armament ➞ Bludgeon
Marks/Labels:
None
Materials:
botanical ➔ wood
Dimensions:
Ethnic Group:
African
Use/Function:
As a walking stick or to kill animals.
Source Locality:
Northern Tanzania
Acquisition Date:
1967
Description:
A short wooden stick with knobbed head, traditionally used as a weapon by indigenous people in Eastern and Southern Africa. It can be used to kill predator's or even small animals. It can also be thrown to deliver a similar effect, but it can also be used as a walking stick. The knobkerrie can also have various significance to the person who holds as it can be used to display wealth or stature. The shaft can typically range between 2 and 4 feet long. Usually it is given to males to carry from puberty into adulthood.
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