African chief (probably Zulu) portrait head cane

Unknown Maker, American and English, 19th century


about 1845-1850

Carved elephant ivory head handle, decorated silver collar, wood shaft

Overall: 36 1/16 × 1 5/8 in. (91.6 × 4.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Judith D. and Charles H. Hood, Class of 1951



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Personal Gear: Cane

Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


Engraved, in center of silver collar: JLM [probably owner's initials]


Tradewind Antiques, Danvers, Mass., “Auction of Antique Canes,” April 26, 2008, lot 5, illus. in color p. 10; sold to Judith D. and Charles H. Hood (1929-2016), Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, 2008; given to present collection, 2016

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