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dance wand
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • dance wand, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood
  • Object Length/Width: 33.5 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0886

This is a handle with a human-like figure, identified as Shango, kneeling with two large, rounded protuberances on the head (possibly representing an axe-head). The double headed axe, known as an oshe, represents balance and is a symbol of Shango.