YORUBA SHANGO STAFF 7, NIGERIA
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
YORUBA, SHANGO STAFF 7, 19", $400, Nigeria, SOLD
In addition to a large and varied collection of iron currencies,
gongs, bells and Osanyin healing staffs, the Yoruba also have cast figures
and staffs, most from the Ogboni Society of elders. Dedicated to
Onile, "the owner of the earth", they are referred to as Onile
figures and in other forms as Edan staffs. Although called "bronzes"
they are usually various copper alloys, made by the lost wax process.
Edan Staffs, male & female, were usually linked together
by a chain, and were used ritually by the association.
This staff, because of the double-headed ax form, is probably
a Shango wand.; it was also a Janus staff, with 2 faces.
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