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Set of Three Ceremonial Staves

Morocco, probably twentieth century

Hand-carved wood



Medium: Hand-carved wood

Dimensions as follows:

Height: 25" Width: 3" Depth: 2.25"
Height: 25" Width: 2.75" Depth: 1.75"
Height: 25" Width: 4.5" Depth: 2"

These unique carved wooden objects figure heavily in the indigenous nomadic Berber culture of North Africa, specifically Morocco. Used primarily as tent stakes or handles with which to hold up a marriage litter, these staves take on a ceremonial significance. This is made obvious by the care with which each is delicately and intricately hand-carved.

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