Lew Waldman's Ethnographic Arms & Armour Collection Archive

1040 - African Human Head Figural Club

The carved head of this heavy dark wooden short handled club is just that, a stylized human head with African features. Overall length is 22¼ inches (56.5 cm) with the handle being 17¼ inches (45.2 cm). There are some minor cracks at the far end of the shaft and a small chip out along the haft - none of which are distracting. Weighing over 20 ounces (577 grams), this could indeed be a formidable weapon, but more likely it represents sculpture targeted at the traveler or a ceremonial implement.

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