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Yoruba Sceptre (N° 21797)
Liturgical objects in African art of the Yoruba
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Figure of follower of the god Sango, carried in the left hand during ritual tribal dances, this stick is carved with a kneeling female figure. The physiognomy is characteristic of Yoruba art, illustrated by the large almond-shaped eyes and cheek scarifications. These figures are dedicated to the god of thunder and youth Shango, or Sango, according to the Yoruba religion. The latter would be the mythical ancestor of the kings of Oyo. He was also the protector of the twins, whose occurrence was very frequent in the region.
It is a divinity feared for its unpredictability, and revered because it would bring beneficial rains to crops. Women's fertility is also attributed to her.
Satin brown patina, abrasions.
Height with base: 53 cm.
Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations with varying roles. If the male society egbe reinforces social norms, the aro unites the farmers. Gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu.
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