YORUBA STYLE BEADED STAFF 4, Nigeria

While originating from the African continent, this staff is likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA STYLE
BEADED STAFF 4
37.5" high x 3.5" wide x 4.5" deep
Nigeria
$400

"Beaded staffs can serve as a surrogate for the ruler in his/her absence. Only the staff gives a ruler's messenger authority to speak....The veils suspended below the rectangular platforms suggest a beaded veil of a royal crown.... The iron point at the base of the staff serves both practical and symbolic purposes. The staff, like the oba, can be planted or rooted firmly in place, standing firmly vertical to assert power, authority and action."

Beads Body and Soul, by Drewal and Mason, pp. 212 and 227


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