Leopard Society Claw

This item is used like a knuckle duster, or fighting claw. Such devices have been thought to have been used by members of the so-called Human Leopards, or Leopard society, as a means of blaming the deaths of their victims on leopards. It consists of four iron claws attached to a bar, with finger loop at either end.

Further Information

  • Type: Religious/ritual equipment, charms, Weapons, armour
  • Object: Leopard Society Claw
  • Materials: Metal
  • Culture Group: Mende
  • Dimensions: 120mm [L] x 60mm [W] x 40mm [C]
  • Production Date: Pre 1956
  • Associated Places: Unknown
  • Associated People: Methodist Missionary Society
  • Museum: British Museum
  • Accession Number: BM:Af.1956.10.7

Related Objects

Medicine Horn

Religious/ritual equipment, charms

Gbangbani Trumpet

Religious/ritual equipment, charms, Musical instruments, Figures, sculpture

Arrow Quiver

Weapons, armour


Weapons, armour

Case and Quiver

Weapons, armour