Ritual Staff
Yoruba, Nigeria
19th Century

This staff or wand is called 'Shango' by the Yoruba people referencing the god it symbolizes, this particular example has received an incredible amount of sacrifices. This is apparent from its unusually deep encrusted patina. The surface has a warm reddish tint from having been rubbed with cam-wood. The sculptor was commissioned to create a version with several heads most likely giving it an 'all seeing' purpose or power. From all angles this object impresses but the side profile is especially strong; the heads have a slight downward casting look that gives this object a sense of elegance, balancing its bold aesthetic. A very nice old example that has seen decades of use.

This Staff stands 18" in height
1-1-12/ SOLD