weird African?? walking cane

kristy23September 7, 2011

I would appreciate any information about this curious object: to me it seems African made.It has real teeth (probably animal),eyes from some green stone (to me it looks jade),the nose is made from colored clay,and the handle from horn.

Maybe somebody knows where it comes from and how old it might be?

thanks in advance.Here is the link

http://www.flickr.com/photos/67332355@N08/sets/72157627617922456/

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moonshadow

Um, holeee cow! :o
haha
I thought it was fascinating till I saw the teeth close up and totally got the creeps. But that's just me ;-) It does look very tribal for sure, but I've no clue. I made a clickable link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: walking cane

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 6:39AM
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kristy23

Creepy is not it? What if the teeth are human?
Thanks for the link!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 7:32AM
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lindac

Maybe it's not African.....maybe Jivaro!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Jivaro

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 9:05AM
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kristy23

Thanks for the Jivaro link...
But I think it would be more useful when I will get the shrunken head:)
Right now I have the walking cane with monkey teeth to deal with...

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 11:53AM
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Ideefixe

I don't think those are real teeth--monkey teeth would be a lot more worn down. I think it's bone (maybe ivory) carved to look like teeth. It's cool.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 12:02PM
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kristy23

I am not sure as well,but if it's ivory carved it's got to be a work of a real artist,because they have enamel like linings,just as real teeth,and also they are brown from inside,like real teeth would be... Does ivory gets brown with time?

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 12:56PM
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lindac

I zoomed in....could be shell rather than teeth....maybe from New Guinea cannibals.

Here is a link that might be useful: cannibals

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 4:40PM
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annie1971

I'm going to have really weird dreams; I wish I hadn't looked at that thing. LindaC: Why would cannibals use shells when they have the teeth? Just asking, but they looked like pretty healthy teeth to me. Talk about a "happy" walk.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 6:43PM
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kristy23

Well,it didn't bite me yet:))
I like the cannibals idea,thanks very much.
P.S.
Maybe it belonged to Hannibal Lecter?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 6:01AM
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Ideefixe

I don't think it's an actual walking stick, more like a ceremonial staff thing. Where did you get it? Could it be tourist art? Ivory will discolor as will bone.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 12:19PM
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lazy_gardens

probably pig teeth, probably domestic ... their upper and lower incisors or "front teeth" can look very human.

Consider Papua New Guinea, or any of those island cultures.

If you can identify the plant material it will help.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 12:44PM
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kristy23

Thanks for all the clues,will try to check about the Papua New Guinea as well.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 3:21PM
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moonshadow

Well,it didn't bite me yet:))

haha! :)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 10:19PM
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