Name: Yao Priest's Staff
A Yao Priest's staff used in ceremonial rituals, this is "planted" in the ground outside the door of the building in which the ritual is taking place as a protective mechanism. The stave is made of wood (from the palm or bamboo family - we don't know the specific type) with a metal point on the bottom, a deer antler on the tope, and ritual red and white banners hanging from the joining point of the antler and the wood. This piece has had extensive use, and shows a beautiful patina throughout the handling portion of the wood.
Size: 48.75 in. x 1.5 in.
Origins: Ha Giang Province, Vietnam