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    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Shango Dance Staff, Oshe Sango
    Wood, fiber
    Height: 17 7/8 inches Width:of axes: 3 3/8 inches

    A delicate, well patinated carving of a head with cheek scars is surmounted by a "double-axe" form, the signature element associated with Shango, the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning. Below the neck are two overlapping tiers of five-lobed devices that appear to be costume panels. These panels are decorated with fine-unit patterns in very low relief. Below these is the spool-like handle of the staff. A central vertical crack runs from top to bottom of one side of the axes at top. A second vertical crack runs along the right side of one of the heads. A third crack system runs intermittently down the side opposite the head edge crack. A loss from the base lies behind that last crack's terminus. There is a base crack opposite it.

    Devotees of Shango carry wands such as this in dances to honor Shango and in which they seek to be possessed by the god.

    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
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