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Knobkerrie
Date: Late 19th-early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 55.4 x 11 x 10.6 cm (21 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 4 3/16 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: South Africa
Object Number: 89-9-7
Search Terms:
Warfare
Object is not currently on exhibit

Wood clubs made effective weapons in several parts of Africa. In South Africa, especially among the Zulu peoples, the knobkerrie was carried daily as emblem of manhood and cultural identity well after guns made them obsolete in battle.

Heavy wood club with flattened globular form at the side of the shaft.

Michael Graham-Stewart, London, -- to 1989


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