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Early 20th C. African Yoruba Wood Ose Shango Dance Wand
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**Originally Listed At $200**

Western Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A carved wooden figural finial for a ceremonial staff honoring Shango (also known as Jakuta), a royal ancestor of the Yoruba who was the third king (Alafin) of the Oyo Kingdom, is generally revered as one of the most powerful Yoruba leaders, and was deified after his death. This piece depicts a kneeling female figure - a worshipper of Shango - holding aloft her pendulous breasts. Her expressive visage is comprised of large incised eyes, a broad nose, an open mouth, and several ritual scarification marks across her cheeks; a bifurcated, hooked headdress/coiffure tops her head. A staff like this is called an "Ose Shango" staff, carried and danced with by members of the Shango cult. Shango is the Yoruba deity of thunder and lightning also associated with virility, justice, and dance. Covered in traces of natural indigo pigment, this is a wonderful example! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 12.5" H (31.8 cm); 12.875" H (32.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired prior to 1970

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#130648
Condition
Small repairs to handle loop. Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, small nicks to handle, figure, and top, with light discoloration and fading to pigmentation, a couple of stable hairline fissures, and some wear to carved designs. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and beautiful dark-brown patina throughout.
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Early 20th C. African Yoruba Wood Ose Shango Dance Wand

Estimate $350 - $525
Aug 27, 2018
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Starting Price $175
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0170: Early 20th C. African Yoruba Wood Ose Shango Dance Wand

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Est. $350 - $525Starting Price $175
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Aug 27, 2018 11:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0170 Details

Description
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**Originally Listed At $200**

Western Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A carved wooden figural finial for a ceremonial staff honoring Shango (also known as Jakuta), a royal ancestor of the Yoruba who was the third king (Alafin) of the Oyo Kingdom, is generally revered as one of the most powerful Yoruba leaders, and was deified after his death. This piece depicts a kneeling female figure - a worshipper of Shango - holding aloft her pendulous breasts. Her expressive visage is comprised of large incised eyes, a broad nose, an open mouth, and several ritual scarification marks across her cheeks; a bifurcated, hooked headdress/coiffure tops her head. A staff like this is called an "Ose Shango" staff, carried and danced with by members of the Shango cult. Shango is the Yoruba deity of thunder and lightning also associated with virility, justice, and dance. Covered in traces of natural indigo pigment, this is a wonderful example! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 12.5" H (31.8 cm); 12.875" H (32.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired prior to 1970

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#130648
Condition
...
Small repairs to handle loop. Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, small nicks to handle, figure, and top, with light discoloration and fading to pigmentation, a couple of stable hairline fissures, and some wear to carved designs. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and beautiful dark-brown patina throughout.

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