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female figure, identified as Shango
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • female figure, identified as Shango, late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57.5 x 16 x 15.5 cm black base not included
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/8 in black base not included
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3129
Label Text

The carved wooden figure of a woman is wearing a two headed headress, identifying her as Shango or a devotee of Shango. She is resting her hands on her breasts. The woman's face has three vertical scars on each cheek. It is striped with black and white pigment, with white dots on the lateral forehead and around the mouth. The faces on the headdress are the same: each wears a fez-like hat, and each has three vertical scars on each cheek. There is a small amount of dark blue pigment on the face and nipples. The piece has an original round base, but has been screwed to a square black base.