wood, reddish brown patina, black pigment, shaft round in cross-section, fist-sized club head coated with grooves, slightly dam., abrasion of paint;
used as a weapon primarily against animals but against humans as well.
L: 45,5 cm, L: 17,9 inch
Reinhold Kloppe, Windhoek, Namibia / Swinemünde-Harzgerode, Germany
Gerda Wilhelmine Emilie Kloppe, (1919 Windhoek, Namibia - 1994 Swinemünde-Harzgerode, Germany)
Reinhold Kloppe (born 1882 in Harzgerode) was a government official in Brakwater, a district Windhoek. Exactly when the family returned to Germany and if it was by the end of German colonial rule or later, is not documented. We only have a certified translation of the birth certificate from 1942 of his daughter Gerda Wilhelmine Emilie Kloppe, who was born in 1919 in Windhoek, during the time that German Southwest was under a South African mandate. When the family returned to Germany, they brought presents from the Nama and Ovambo in their luggage with them.
Lit.: Szalay, Miklós, Die ethnographische Südwestafrika-Sammlung Hans Schinz 1884-1886, Zürich 1979, p. 63