Nyami Nyami Tribal Stick
Nyami Nyami is a deity venerated by the Tonga and Shona people living in the valley of the Zambezi River, in Zambia. He is usually depicted as a snake with a fish head, as he is seen as the protector residing in waters of the river. The tribe elders believe that when the Kariba Dam was built in the early 1940s, the god was separated from his wife by that dam and this brought the wrath of the god who allowed some of the worst floods ever known on the Zambezi.
The stick is used by tribal elders as a means of communication with the god. It is exquisitely carved with from a single piece of wood.
L110 W15 D12 cm