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staff with a Shango figure
  • Oyo peoples
  • staff with a Shango figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 58 x 14.5 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 13/16 x 5 11/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3134

The kneeling female figure has a large blade-like prominence resembling a double axe blade on her head, identifying this as Shango or a devotee of Shango. She has three vertical scars on her forehead and each cheek. Her hands are resting on her breasts. She is kneeling atop a round base which is on a short, columnar staff (or handle) with a conical base. The figure is light brown.