Club ("Knobkerrie")

Club ("Knobkerrie")

late 1800s or early 1900s


Overall: 66 cm (26 in.)

Gift of Dori and Daniel Rootenberg, Jacaranda Tribal, New York 2010.232

Fun Fact

The term knobkerrie refers to a characteristic spherical knob of wood or head atop a cylindrical shaft.


Relatively short sticks were traditionally used for hunting and fighting and are customarily called knobkerries. The name refers to the characteristic spherical knob of wood or head atop a cylindrical shaft. The knobs could be decorated with copper or brass studs or carved in various shapes and forms. This heavily patinated non-figurative club, with its sliced-off spherical knob, exemplifies a classic Zulu style.

See also
African Art
African Art
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