Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown maker from Africa
  • staff, late 1800s–1930
  • Where object was made: Africa
  • leather, horse hair, dyeing, weaving, braiding
  • Object Length: 60 cm
    Object Length: 23 5/8 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0317

This leather staff is encased in woven horse hair. One end has a handle (now broken) of black braided horse hair with a yellow bulb. The handle attaches at the end of the stick which is primarily black with a band of diamonds in pink, yellow green, and red. There is a fringe of white horse hair and the remainder of the staff is encased in five decorative bands. From the fringe, down, the bands are solid purple, oblique lines of yellow and black, light blue with small pink diamonds at the top and the bottom, pink and black zigzags, and solid yellow. The end of the doubled leather strip within the horse hair is visible at the far end where another strip of leather is looped through.