Western Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba people, ca. early 20th century CE. A rare Opa Osanyin herbalist's staff made of hand-forged iron with a lengthy spear-shaped pole from which a branched, conical support extends to a large circular platform. The platform itself has a myriad of hanging ornaments including six conical bells and five flat discoid forms. A plethora of avian figures and stylized leaves adorn the top while a pair of abstract anthropomorphic figures depict a scene on top. One kneeling figure holds a large orb while the other lays on a curved bed with a block and pole between their legs, suggesting this is a curative scene of medical practice or possibly a painful healing process. This is a wonderful example rife with meticulous detailing and charm characteristic of Yoruba artistry! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 40.75" H (103.5 cm); 41" H (104.1 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Eason Eige collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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