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Yoruba Staff (N° 21389)

Objects of prestige in African art associated with the Yoruba culture. Among the Yoruba, ritual sculptures are dedicated to the mythical gods "orisa" and supposed to attract their blessings. This stick is made up of different sections: a superposition of human figures topped by a snake and a carved motif probably associated with fertility. Among the Yoruba, the snake also symbolizes masculinity. Piece collected in Gouka, Benin. Red brown oiled patina. Missing.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion is indeed based on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). They are designed by sculptors at the request of adepts, diviners and their clients. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the demise of the Ife civilization and still form the basis of the Yoruba political structure. The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, still active, which worship their gods, the Orisa , through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, scepters, and divination media. The slave trade helped spread Yoruba beliefs across the continents.  

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OriginCollection belge Wauters
Height cm89
Width10 cm
Weight0.70 Kg
Socle includedYes

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