Swazi 'sagila' war club c260

length: 34 1/4"
head circumference: 10 3/4"
shaft: 31 1/4"
weight: 1 lb 0.8 oz

War club from the Trmbisini area of Swaziland, from the time the Swazi were ruled by Mamcibane Dlamini. These one piece clubs were made from the "umncuma" or wild olive tree. This is the original Swazi style of club, the lingedla and gebu being later variants. The indentations on the top and bottom of the head held lumps of lard - this would keep the weapon from drying out and splitting.

This club was collected in southern Africa circa the mid 1900'.