Swazi people of Swaziland or South Africa
19th to very early 20th Century
Swazi club "lingedla" of excellent age, quality and size. Animal fat was rubbed in the cavities on top and under the head, to prevent the wood (a specie close to olive tree) from splitting. The head represents a bird of prey but is also a natural repository for fingers when holding the piece as a cane. Fantastic patina throughout.
Custom brass base by Romain Laforêt.
Provenance: British private collection
H 120 cm (47 1/4 inches)