Staff: Head Finial


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Adorned with carefully carved representations of figurative heads, ceremonial staffs such as this example (pl. disimbo, sing. simbo) were historically commissioned from carvers by Makonde men. Used for a variety of purposes, they were attributes of prestige and indicative of an individual’s status. Disimbo have been described in the literature as dance accessories for initiation celebrations, but also as staffs owned by diviners and imbued with spiritual powers.

Staff: Head Finial, Wood, Makonde

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