40 ¼” length, comprising a forged iron shaft with integral expanded butt. The top mounted with a bronze figure of the mythical hintha bird with a foliate sprig in its mouth. See Arts of Asia, Jan/Feb 1982 for a discussion of the “opium weights” on which utilize related mythological figures. This example compares to the sixth illustration which is described as 17th to early 18th century. That dating is applicable to the example. The figures come from Buddhist and Hindu mythology, often blended. The staff then, carries religious significance and by implication, protection, with the practical alternative of an iron bar capable of splitting a skull, should divine intervention be delayed.