3006 – Charm against drowning?: Carved/knotched stick

Physical description:
Wooden dowl with six carved notches. May have once been attached to another item due to wear.
Size:
19.7 cm long, 1.5 cm diameter
Information:
Knotched sticks were carried by Yorkshire fishermen to prevent drowning. A similar example can be found in Scarborough Museum. This may be an African object given the fact that it was was found among other uncatalogued items with two labels in Williamson's hand: 'Witch-doctor. Mau-Mau. Sundry Items.' The other label reads: 'Witch-Doctor. Mau-Mau Relics'.
Resource:
Object
Materials:
Wood