Made for important men of rank.
There is evidence that the Tsonga migrated to the Kwa Zulu Natal area from southern Mozambique as early as the 1850s. They were recognized for their carving skills.
Staffs in Africa have numerous and
varied uses, ranging from the practical function of a walking stick to
the symbolism of political, spiritual
or other religious matters.
elaborately sculpted staffs
probably served as the prestigious
emblem of a high ranking.
This one has a metal tip.
Height: 40 7/8" - on its 4" square metal base, it stands 41 1/4" tall.