Head of a Staff
Legacy dimension: .063 H. .031 D.
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This staff finial is made from a highly polished, light yellow-brown wood. The piece is slightly cracked in places. At the bottom, there is a square hole to attach the finial to a square peg on the shaft of the staff it belonged to.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way