A Shango dance staff. A kneeling female figure holds a v-shaped Shango dance staff in her hands, which reflects the v-shaped top of her head, scarifications on breasts, back, arms and cheeks, elaborated hairstyle, in carved bracelets and necklaces; fine resinous patina, traces of age and ritual use; provenance: Abdu Ousmane, called “Barré”, Lomé Togo, used during dancing ceremonies.
Shango is the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning, the double-axe motif a top this piece is a metaphor for the thunderbolt that Shango hurls down from the sky at those who do not respect him.
Shango was the third Alafin of Oyo, following Oranmiyan and Ajaka. He brought prosperity to the Oyo Empire According to Professor Mason’s Mythological Account of Heroes and Kings, unlike his peaceful brother Ajaka, he was a powerful and violent ruler. He reigned for seven years which were marked by his continuous campaigns and many battles. His reign ended due to his inadvertent destruction of his palace by lightning. He had three wives, namely Queen Oshun, Queen Oba, and Queen Oya. The Oyo Empire declined in the 19th century, which led to the enslavement of its people by the Fulani and the Fon. Among them were many followers of ?àngó, and worship of the deity thrives in the New World as a result. Strong devotion to ?àngó led to Yoruba religions in Trinidad and Recife, Brazil being named after the deity. Source: Wikipedia.
An Oshe Shango, or dance wand, is carried by devotees at the annual festival for Shango, the god of thunder and lightning. The double ax-blade motif on the figure’s head represents a thunderbolt, associated with the sudden, overwhelming, and unpredictable power of Shango. The female figure balancing the thunderbolts on her head represents a devotee of the god. Source: Brooklyn Museum, NY.
500 – 600,- Euro
Height: 59 cm
Weight: 860 g