Zulu or Mpondo Status Stick

Eastern cape or Natal province 

South Africa

19th to early 20th century

 

Very fine Zulu or Mpondo status stick with male and female symbols atop and two coiling snakes. The wood is reddish brown to black with a beautiful silky patina throughout.

A perfectly straight, symmetrical and balanced gem.

The piece comes from a British private collection and sits on a custom brass stand.

H: 116 cm (45 3/4 inches)

Price: 1800 Euros enquiry