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This is a fine short length Zulu knobkierrie from the late 19th century with a globular head and cylindrical shaft.
The item has been carved of a tropical hardwood.
The globular head is half dark brown and half light brown coloured.
~ Dimensions ~
The knobkierrie is 25.19 inches (64 cm) long. Of this length 22.83 inches (58 cm) is made up of the shaft. The diameter of the globular top is 2 ½ inches (6.5 cm).
The club weighs 460g.
~ Condition ~
The club is in good condition. The globe has minor surface cracks but its overall condition is good.
There are other minor splits at the lower end of the shaft
The club has a nice smooth finish with a dark varnish.
~ Knobkierrie's ~
Knobkierrie's are African clubs used mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa. Typically they have a large knob at one end and can be used for throwing at animals in hunting or for clubbing an enemy's head. The knob is usually carved out of a treetrunk and the shaft is simply the branch that protruded from the tree at that point. The name derives from the Afrikaans word knop, meaning knot or ball and the word kierie, meaning cane or walking stick. The name has been extended to similar weapons used by the natives of Australia, the Pacific islands and other places. Knobkierries were an indispensable weapon of war, particularly among southern Nguni tribes such as the Zulu and the Xhosa.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18, international at cost and it can be viewed in our shop.