Bamana ceremonial staff, Mali. A long hand-forged iron staff bearing the person of Gwandusu Jo, legendary woman ancestor of spiritual and physical power. Her power and prestige was so great that she wore the hairdo traditionally reserved for male hunters. Free moving earrings, cotton thread wrapped around neck and above head.
Length 60 in. / 152.5 cm.
Weight: 8 lbs. / 3.65 kg.