New Arrival

  |  March 20, 2015


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STICKS OR STONES?

   Dula, or staff from the Oroma people of Ethiopia, East Africa
  Dula, or staff from the Oroma people of Ethiopia, East Africa

Question: what was humankind’s first tool, the stick or the stone?  Answer: archeological evidence points to the stone, although they may win by default since sticks ultimately turn to dust. Here’s another question: what has been more useful to humankind throughout history, the stick or the stone? Answer: take your pick; but if you’re from Ethiopia odds are you’ll answer sticks.  Known as the place where early man first walked upright – and called the original Stick Culture – Ethiopia is the place where sticks called “dula” have been used for millennia for every imaginable task.

This dula is Y-shaped and wrapped in copper accents  
This dula is Y-shaped and wrapped in copper accents  

This week’s New Arrival features a dula created by the Oromo People. Y-shaped and covered with copper accents, it is more reminiscent of a divining rod than its intended use as a “pilgrimage staff.” This sort of dula is more than an interesting branch a wandering pilgrim found and decided to use on their journey. Instead, it is a carefully crafted, functional object that has been sensitively shaped, traditionally fired and flame hardened, and then oiled and embellished to give it a smooth, glossy finish. This dula says, being upright may require as much faith as balance.

Pilgrimage Staff
Oromo people
Ethiopia, East Africa
20th C.
Wood and copper, based
6.5 W x 5 D x 49 H inches
$695

 

Part of a much larger collection of authentic tribal art available exclusively at PRIMITIVE. For more information or to purchase, please contact a Client Advisor at 312-575-9600 or email info@beprimitive.com.

 

Part of a much larger collection of authentic tribal art and staffs
We have a collection of Ethiopian dulas of all shapes and sizes, suitable for basing or wall mounting. These staffs from the Oromo people are all part of a much larger collection of authentic tribal art available exclusively at PRIMITIVE
 
Please contact a Client Advisor for more details, or to make an appointment call 1-312-575-9600
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