Wooden walking stick with chameleon handle

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Wooden walking stick with chameleon handle with silver collar bearing the inscription “From the King of Dahomey to Captain R Burton 1863.” This was presumably Gelele, King of Dahomey, (acc. 1858, dep. 1894). Burton’s mission to him in this year is described in "A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome (now Republic of Benin), with notices of the so-called “Amazons”, the Grand Customs, the Yearly Customs, the Human Sacrifices, the Present State of the Slave Trade and the Negro's Place in Nature" by Richard F. Burton.

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