staff of office

Wand of office, in the form of a shaft of wood with a figure on either end. The male figure is wearing a cap, and his neck and base are painted green. The female figure is wearing short calico trousers painted green, and has a base that is painted red. The cylindrical section in the centre is carved with incised rows of chevrons, diamonds and short transverse lines. It is said to be the wand of a Bamputu 'Nkishi man' or medicine man.

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