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    Zulu (South Africa)
    Four Knobkerries
    1.Wood, brass wire, copper wire
    Height: 331/2 inches Width: 2 7/8 inches
    2.Wood, brass wire, copper wire
    Height: 33 1/8 inches Width: 3 inches
    3.Wood, brass wire, copper wire
    Height: 24 inches Width: 3 ¼ inches
    4.Wood, Brass wire, copper wire
    Height: 28 inches Width: 2 ¾ inches

    Functioning as weapons both in hunting and in person-to-person combat, knobkerries were widely used and traded throughout the South African region. Attributing exact maker-user provenance is therefore problematic, so the blanket designation "Zulu" is retained. The shafts of these examples are decorated with elaborate wirework. "Since most men wove baskets, they were familiar with the skills needed to personalize staffs and knobkerries through the addition of decoration of this kind" (Kevin Conru in Sandra Klopper, Karel Nel, and Kevin Conru. The Art of Southeast Africa from the Conru Collection. Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2002, p. 210).
    The condition of the first is excellent, the second has some scratches and abraded wire, which is coming undone at the top. The third has some scratches and the fourth has a heavy crack on the finial, wire coming undone, and minor losses at top and bottom.

    Provenance:
    1, 2, 3: Sotheby's Paris, Sale PF 3015,lot 31, p. 22
    Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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