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Shango Dance Wand - Nigeria

Price: $4,500.00


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Carried during Shango cult ceremony, the top of the wand with symmetrical triangular forms, symbolizing thunder bolts, and four sculptural faces at base, each bearing domed headdress, large rimmed eyes, and facial scarification. The handle carved with ribbing and zig-zag registers and grooves along disc base. One side of wand including two faces are smooth from rubbing against bearer. Traces of blue pigment. Very old, probably 19th century. Acquired from private midwest collection. Collected by Leo Frobenius, the famous German anthropologist,who discovered the Yoruba.

15"H x 2.5"W x 2"D

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