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kneeling Eshu figure
  • unknown Ondo maker
  • kneeling Eshu figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: East Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 3 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0906

This kneeling female figure is identified as Eshu the messenger or trickster. There is a large blade-like projection on her head which signifies supernatural power.

The figure may be holding the stone of atonement, a cone of red clay, or an offering of palm oil.