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    Description

    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Eshu/Elegba Dance Wand
    Wood, cowry shells, leather, pigment
    Height: 19 ¼ inches Width: 3 ½ inches Depth: 10 inches

    The wand or staff shows a kneeling figure of the trickster god, Eshu/Elegba, holding in his right hand a dance wand similar to this one, and in the left hand, a small vial. The enlarged head of the deity extends back as a curving, horn-like shape with notches along its top. There is insect damage throughout, and the tip of both the nose and head extension are missing. There is a loss at the left front of the base.

    Eshu, one of the few Yoruba deities to be actually shown in art, is the unpredictable god who sends people to diviners, who stands at the crossroads, and who introduced money and thus oversees markets. He must be present at every ritual of divination.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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