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Shango staff

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The Yoruba religious world has a pantheon of deities called orishas, whose identities and attributes are recorded in ritual objects. Priests and devotees of Shango, the fiery god of thunder and lightning, commission dance staffs to invoke his striking power and protection. These usually depict a...

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Provenance

February 10, 1979, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, early to mid-20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

54.61 cm (21 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1070

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture