"Knobkerry" South Africa, ca. early 20th c.

"Knobkerry" South Africa, ca. early 20th c.



South Africa, ca. early 20th century.

A hand-carved wood club with a large knob at one end (also spelled knobkierrie), used for hurling at animals during the hunt, but also employed during enemy combat. Examples like this are carved from a branch that is thick enough to create the knob, the long handle is then whittled down. Size: 32" L (81.3 cm); knob measures 2.75" L x 3" W (7 cm x 7.6 cm)

Etymology of the name knobkierie derives from the Afrikaans word knop, which means knot or ball and the Nama word kierie which means walking stick or cane. The term has been adopted by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands and Australia. Knobkieries were used by protesters during the Apartheid era. 

Provenance: Ex-Puglia Collection, Florida

Condition Report: A few stable surface fissures and large old divet to knob, possibly from use. Excellent patina.

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