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Maker:
Maasai artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H x W: 67.9 x 6.4 cm (26 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)
Type:
Weapon and Armament
Geography:
Tanzania
Date:
Mid-late 20th century
Label Text:
The rungu can be a weapon or a tool, but it is always an emblem of manhood. Even today men carry them through the belts of Western-style clothing. The relatively long length of this example suggests that it is an older style that was worn with traditional wrap garments.
Description:
Curving L-shaped wood rod with rounded end and ridged back.
Provenance:
Nancy Nooter, field collected,Tanzania 1980-1981
Robert and Nancy Nooter, Washington, D.C., 1981 to 1985
Topic:
Status  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
Object number:
85-14-5
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-14-5