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63. Yoruba Shango staff, Nigeria, wood, 10" (25.5 cm)
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63. Yoruba Shango staff, Nigeria, wood, 10" (25.5 cm)
  Called oshe Shango, this dance staff is carried by the worshippers of Shango, the thunder god, at the annual Shango festival as well as other rituals. The wooden panels above the woman’s head represent the thunderbolts of Shango, and the kneeling woman offering her breasts is symbolic of approaching and offering oneself to the god in humility.

Collection of Tookalook Tribal Arts

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