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Shango staff
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • Shango staff, late 1800s–mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Oyo, Nigeria
  • brass?
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 34.5 x 9 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 9/16 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2985

The seated human figure has a large head and large blade-like projection atop the head, indicating Shango. The figure has a beard and penis, indicating he's a male. The left arm holds a staff, or possibly a rifle, and in the right arm there is a knife resting on his shoulder. There is a small dog to his left. The figure is on a small rectangular platform with a human face at the front two corners. The platform sits atop a tall cylindrical stem with a round base.