egolu (Finger Knife)

About this object

History of use

Double-edged finger-knife. See Best, 'Culture and Language of the Turkana' (1983): "finger-knife: egolu, ngigolai; echorogat, ngichorogai". Also, see Soper, 'Socio-Cultural Profile of Turkana District' (p. 132): "the egolu is the Turkana knife carried on the finger. There are two designs of egolu, the double edged and the single edged…"

Cultural context

Decorative; warfare.

Physical description

Metal strip with a flat end which curves up to form a ring (but does not meet). The other end is rounded and curves over forming a claw-like prong; metal is corroded.