Carried to honor Shango, the Yoruba orisha (god)
of thunder, and deified former king of the Yoruba city of Oyo.
The top of the wand has symmetrical forms, symbolizing thunder bolts,
which were hurled by the god to punish wrongdoers who angered
him, a female figure or priestess, and a handle. Only senior priestesses
or priests devoted to Shango can dance with such a staff in ritual
performances and other events. These priests invite Shango to possess
them, making the deity accessible to the gathered worshippers.
Per Leonard Kahan, this is from the 19th century - Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Note: Stand not included
Some age cracks.
Height: 24 ⅝" x Width: 4 ⅞" x Depth: 2 ½"