**Originally Listed At $200**
West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, ca. early 20th century CE. A beautiful, hand-carved wooden Yoruba Ose Sango (also known as a Shango Staff or dance wand) of a traditional form, with a janus-headed finial, both faces with large, diamond-shaped eyes, prominent noses, and deeply incised mouths. The heads are surrounded by a double axe form associated with Sango's cult, and the handle below is of a phallic shaft form with incised striated and fretted bands at the midline. The Ose Sango is a special ceremonial implement used by female devotees to the Sango cult, who traditionally sing and dance during annual Sango ceremonies. Sango was the fourth Yoruba king who was deified and eventually became associated with thunder and lightning. Size: 3" W x 9.55" H (7.6 cm x 24.3 cm); 10.25" H (26 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970
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