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.
Curving L-shaped wood rod with rounded end and ridged back.
Nancy Nooter, field collected,Tanzania 1980-1981
Robert and Nancy Nooter, Washington, D.C., 1981 to 1985