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Yoruba Shango Dance Wand, Staff, Yorouba, Nigeria, African Tribal Creations, Art For Sale
AnAfrican Tribal Creations gallery sale!!!
This sale is for a Yoruba
Shango Dance Wand. These wands are intended as an object to be carried by
worshippers loyal to the god Shango, especially during celebrations that champion him, and are considered one of the most important pieces of art in the Shango cult. In the canon of Yoruba mythology,
Shango, or Sango, was once a mortal king, and an ancestor of the Yoruba people.
He was considered to be an extremely powerful, and often violent ruler,
capable of producing thunder and lightening. This power, however,
eventually resulted in his death, which came through the accidental destruction
of his own palace with lightning. His followers believed that after his death, he became a deity. Wands or staffs such as these typically depict a follower of
Shango. The colors red and white, sacred to Shango, often embellish the carving and are procured from natural pigments.This piece features the common kneeling worshipper theme, beautifully pigmented on a short, stout handle, but in this case, the worshipper is a male, which is a lesser common occurrence. The man is depicted in full garb, holding an offering bowl out in front of him, and the wand also utilizes kaolin (white), blue, yellow, and other pigments. Scarifications are clearly represented on the face in the carving. A fair amount of pigment, though faded, still remains on the piece, and its condition is quite good, and its patina is reasonably well encrusted. This is one of the larger wands we've had in recent memory. The piece does display typical age and wear related marks, including minor cracking, dings, scratches, etc, but nothing out of the ordinary. It will surely please this sale's winner! An interesting fact: Shango is the god of thunder and lightning. Fittingly, the territory the Yoruba occupy experiences one of the highest incidences of thunderstorms in the world, second only to Java!Dimensions are 24.25" tall x 5" x 3". It weighs one and a half pounds.MEDIUM: Wood, Pigment, Beads, FiberNOTHINGwe sell at African Tribal Creations is made in China, Taiwan, Thailand, or wherever. All items are 100% guaranteedAFRICAN ART, made in Africa BY the indigenous peoples of Africa. We have 100% positive response for a reason. Not quite the piece you're looking for?Check us out atthe African Tribal Creations galleryfor much more 100% genuine African art! Photographs are copyright of African Tribal Creations, and should not be used without permission. Thanks for understanding!Payment is expected within 3 days of sale close. Unless other arrangements are made, negative response will be assessed in the event of non payment. This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection! PayPal is the only accepted payment method unless other arrangements are made. Thank you! Ships insured, and with delivery confirmation so you can track your purchase to your door! Please be advised that in the event of a broken piece, USPS will require you to surrender the piece to obtain a full refund. Shipping price is for the Continental US only. If you are offerding from Alaska or Hawaii, please contact us about shipping rates, or they will be applied to your invoice. Let us know if you're interested in combined shipping! Thanks! We will ship internationally, but please contact for a shipping quote. We cannot be held responsible for customs hold ups! We will do our best, but at the end of the day, we can't offer an absolute international guarantee. Thanks for understanding!