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07-12-2510

07-12-2510

 

07-12-2510

 

As many of you might know these Massim walking sticks also often had other, less benign, functions as ‘sorcerer’s staffs.’ They were thought to have magical properties their owner could invoke for both harm and good. This particular staff has the classic back-to-back figures with stylized bodies. It was collected in the 1940s by John Downs but dates to at least the 1930s, and is 39 5/8" (100.7 cm) in height. sold