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Shango staff
  • Yoruba peoples
  • Shango staff, late 1800s–mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass?
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 9.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2986

The seated female figure has a large blade-like projection atop the head. She has large, protruding eyes and a point at the top of her forehead and her hairstyle points backward. She is wearing a necklace and belt and she is holding a bowl. She has another vessel to her left and bird to her right. The figure sits atop a small rectangular platform with a human face at the front two corners. The rectangle is on a tall cylindrical stem with a round base.