About this object

Staff carved in black wood the shaft tapering in tiers to a point. Handle or butt section composed of two square-sided bead forms with narrower section between and a square-sided pommel rounded at the end. Crossed lines like an 'X' incised on sides of squared bead forms and pigmented with red. Red pigment also in incised line between butt section and shaft and between butt and pommel.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Gabon
  • Date made
    1879 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Pigment
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of J. G. C. Harrison, 1879
  • Collector
    J G C Harrison
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Gabon
  • Date collected
    1897 before
  • Measurements
    840 mm x 25 mm x 25 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: "Chief's stick of ebony, ebony stick from M Bome, one of the two kings of Ashiras used for calling natives to talk country palavers, when this Conga Duma is sent by the chief to whom it belonged the party is obliged to come in person or else the palaver is decided against him." J.G.C.H. Gatty 360 - (quoting Monteiro) "Every king has a stick of office; this is in form like a straight, thick, smooth walking-stick, generally made of ebony or of other wood dyed black. These sticks are always sent with a messenger from the king, and serve to authenticate the message."
  • Related people
    J G C Harrison ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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