Yoruba / Fon Ceremonial Shango Dance Wand Nigeria Benin African For Sale

TitleYoruba / Fon Ceremonial Shango Dance Wand Benin AfricanType of ObjectStaff, scepter Country of OriginNigeria, Republic of BeninPeopleYoruba or FonMaterialswood forged iron Approximate Age20th centuryDimensions20.25 inches Tall Overall ConditionGood. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.Damage/Repaircracks and scratches , worn patina

Additional Information: The  Horned head with  a forged  iron blade coming from the mouth  recalls the representation of the Daguese, a mythical beeing said to symbolize the Fon Thunder God, Hervioso, comparable to the Yoruba deity  Shango .. Among the Yoruba people of Nigeria a complex combination of myth and religion explains history, categorizes natural phenomenon and establishes various deities. Shango, who was once a human King, became an orisha, a God. Shango who was the fourth King of Oyo-Ile. On this staff, the Forge iron blade symbolizes the double axe , symbol of the  shango's lightning and his dualities as creator and destroyer, and recalls the Shango symbol associated with thunder and lightening. 

This important object was used as a dance wand carried by devotees of the Shango, the Yoruba thunder god. "Shango is a complex deity who creates and destroys, who through his powers causes lightning and flash and thunder to crash... “The dance wand is carried at the annual festival. The staff will be danced with a dramatic mime of lightning striking the ground portraying the potential of power of the thunder god Shango" (from Daniel Mato and Chelsea Cooksey, Yoruba: Art of Life. The Bennett-Luther Collection, p. 21, fig.5).

Recommended Reading:

Daniel Mato and Chelsea Cooksey, Yoruba: Art of Life. The Bennett-Luther Collection



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