Africa

Oshe Shango ritual staff
Yoruba

Nigeria

Oshe Shango ritual staff
Egba-Egbado area

Carved wood
Early 20th century
Height: 19 ½ in. (50 cm)

Ex collection Jacques Kerchache, Paris
Ex Christie’s Paris, 29 octobre 2008 (Collection Anne et Jacques Kerchache), lot 89
Ex collection particulière, Paris

Price: on request

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Shango is among the most powerful orishas (deities) in the Yoruba pantheon.
God of Thunder, Magician King, great seducer and powerful warrior, Shango was at once feared, respected and revered.
Shango’s main attribute is the double axe, an expression of the thundering power of Shango and his gift of second sight, which allows him to punish the guilty.
Oshe Shango ritual staffs were held during ceremonial dances. They embody the intimate relationship of the devotees with Shango.