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Long staff with metal wire wrapped around bottom and human figure at the top. Human figure has geometric designs on head to indicate hair(?), oval shaped eyes, long nose, small ears, and small mouth. Body of figure is slightly wider than the rest of the cane and has four bands of engraved triangular and diagonal designs around entire body. Two slender serpents are wrapped around the top half of the staff and their heads rest to the side of the figure.


The staff was previously owned by the donor's father, Reverend Banfield, who was a missionary, mainly in West Africa, from 1901 to c. 1930. He worked for many years among the Nube people in interior Nigeria.

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