egolu (Finger Knife)

About this object

History of use

Single-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

Iron strip with one end folded over to form a ring. End of ring is wrapped with a metal coil. One end is a flat oval, slightly curving, thin with a sharp knife point. Four ringed decorations, in increasing size, at base of knife. Metal is corroded.