Collection

Throwing Club (Rungu)

Throwing Club Rungu

Maasai, Kenya.
Late 20th Century,
Wood, L. 19¾".

This Late 20th century, hand held wooden club, known as a rungu (Swahili) or marungu if found in pairs, is meant to be thrown or used as a baton. It bears special symbolism and significance with certain East African peoples, but specifically for the Maasai morans; male warriors who have used the rungu traditionally for warfare and hunting.

Today the rungu is an essential tool for protection while walking in the bush. Many hunters and guides use these to beat the ground and deter any unwanted encounters with predators. Customarily made from the tamboti tree, which is poisonous during harvesting, the club must be treated with extreme care and reverence during carving.

Throwing Club Rangu

Throwing Club (Rungu)

Maasai, Kenya

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