Zulu Knobkerrie - South Africa

Knobkerries were ubiquitously carried by South African men as weapons and symbols of status. While typically designed as utilitarian objects, they were oftentimes crafted with a great aesthetic sensibility, emerging as works of art in their own right.

This knobkerrie sports a conspicuously large, heavy, ridged head that has been smoothed to a sheen over much of its surface by age and use. The head's top surface contains a wide, shallow depression. A brass band clasps the slim but sturdy shaft of the kerrie just below the center point.

Wood, brass
Late 19th century
19" L Head: 5" W
Ex private UK collection
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