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Yoruba Sceptre (N° 22744)

The Oshe of the Yoruba intervene during ritual dances. They are carried in the left hand by the dancers. These figures represent through their double ax headdress, the god of thunder and youth Shango, or Sango, mythical ancestor of the kings of Oyo.
Sango was also the protector of the twins, whose occurrence was very common in the region.
It is a deity feared by its unpredictability. It is venerated because it is supposed to bring beneficial rains to crops. It is also to him that the fertility of women is attributed.

Beautiful lustrous patina, discreetly encrusted with blue pigments. erosions.

Yoruba society is highly organized and has several associations with varying roles. While egbe male society reinforces social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu.  

 


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OriginEx. coll. italienne
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height cm50
Width12 cm
Weight0.58 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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