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Yorouba Scepter (N° 13659)
The Oshe of the yoruba are used during ritual dances, carried in the left hand by the dancers. The figures that adorn them represent through their double axis headdress, the god of thunder and youth Shango, or Sango. The latter is the mythical ancestor of the kings of Oyo. Sango was also the protector of the twins, whose occurrence was very common in the region.
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It is a deity feared for its unpredictability, revered because it brings to cultures beneficent rains. It is also attributed to her that women's fertility is attributed.
The handle of the scepter is surmounted by a plinth on which stands a symbol of fertility in the form of a motherhood sculpture. A large panel caps the character whose face offers Yoruba peculiarities, large almond eyes and deep parallel jugal scarifications. Crusty polychromy. Erosions on the handle.
The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the egbe society is strengthening social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called susu .