Ovimbundu female staff, Angola
19.5" tall
wood, pokerwork
mid 20th century
ex private collection, US


A wonderful figural staff topped by a female figure holding her
hands together in front of her body with her head tilted very
slightly to one side carved with very expressive facial features
and nice detail in the carving of the hair. I just love the overall
presence of this figure.

Staff's were used as status symbols indicating rank or power
and were also used by a wide range of ritual specialists, such as
headman, diviners, healers, exorcists, and witch hunters, in a
great variety of ways.
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