Yoruba, Nigeria
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Private New York City Collection

Named for the Yoruba god it depicts, this Shango figure depicts the god of thunder and is a symbol of African resistance. Although this example is slightly fragmented, the power and majesty is still present in the figure's rigid stance and focused gaze. The figure carries a hammer and gourd and is topped with the double-headed axe, a symbol of Shango's powers. The figure's coiffure, made up of a series of stylized lines is still visible, as well as some of the adornments worn across the figure's body.

Height: 13 in.
IN. 1-8-15/ SOLD