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Maasai Rungu - Kenya

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Maasai Rungu

 

  • Origin : Kenya

  • Ethnic group : Maasai

  • Date : 2010

  • Materials : camphor wood

  • Dimensions : 47 cm x 7 cm x 7 cm

  • Inventory number : 2012.9.2

  • Acquisition mode : purchased

Maasai warriors use these wooden throwing clubs made of a long narrow shaft with a heavy knob at the end to protect themselves from danger.

In a similar way to their spear and knife, the rungu is an important emblem of status for Maasai warriors. They almost never leave their rungu behind, often carrying it attached to their belt or under their armpit.

Most of the time, they are carved from a single piece of dense wood.

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