Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Bobo maker
  • staff, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Upper Volta (present-day Burkina Faso)
  • metal
  • Object Height/Width: 105 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width: 41 5/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3449

The metal staff has a hook at the top end. Dimensional figures decorate the length. The decorations from the bottom to the top consist of: a snake coiling at the bottom, three fish, two chameleons, two birds, two squatting human figures with elongated faces, three birds, and one squatting human figure at the top of the straight portion. The hook itself is decorated with rows of semicircles at the edges with a head that has horns, ears, and raised eyes.