A GOOD 19th CENTURY ZULU FIGHTING KNOBKERRY, IWISA
A GOOD 19th CENTURY ZULU FIGHTING KNOBKERRY, IWISA

A GOOD 19th CENTURY ZULU FIGHTING KNOBKERRY, IWISA

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A very typical Zulu iwisa (knobkerry) nicely balanced and weighted for warfare. Typical two-tone wood with two small bands of brass and steel wire decoration (one beneath the head and one at the end of the handle), together with signs of other bands, now missing. In very good condition, no splits in the wood. Time was that every Zulu man would have had two or three of these in his hut for personal protection or to take to war; they are increasingly scarce now. Length 75 cms, diameter of head 9 cms.