YORUBA HALF-FIGURE PENDANT 8, NIGERIA

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YORUBA, FIGURE PENDANT 8, 5.25" + chain, $125, Nigeria

In spite of its patina, this piece was probably created for the art market.

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 and other objects, 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.

Figure Pendant 8 was apparently worn.

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