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Yoruba Scepter (N° 25033)

Brandished in the left hand during ritual dances, this stick Osé Sango, or Oshe Shango, presents in detail a figure of a follower of the god Sango. These ceremonial sculptures refer to the god of thunder and youth Shango, or Sango. The latter would be the mythical ancestor of the kings of Oyo. He was also the protector of the twins, whose occurrence was very common in the region.
Divinity feared for its unpredictability, it is venerated to provide crops with beneficial rains. Female fertility is also attributed to him.
Dark satin patina. Erosions (base).
Yoruba society is organized into various associations whose roles vary. If the masculine Egbe society reinforces social norms, the aro federates the farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu.  

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OriginEx-collection britannique
Height cm50
Width7 cm
Weight0.63 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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