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standing figure, identified as Eshu
  • Oyo peoples
  • standing figure, identified as Eshu, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: South Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 58 x 9.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 13/16 x 3 3/4 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3131

The standing human-like figure has a prominent blade-like projection from the head. The projection has a snake on the top who is eating a turtle. The figure has three horizontal scars on each cheek. He is holding a fly whisk in his right hand, draped over his shoulder, and a knife and a fan in his left hand. He appears to be wearing a short sleeve shirt, shorts and a belt with cowrie shells. He stands on a round base. There is a gourd-shaped projection on the back of the head. The sculpture is dark brown.