fbpx
back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

Dance Staff for Sango

African Art

Search and Share Tools

Dance Staff for Sango

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Yoruba Artist
Nigeria

Date

early–mid twentieth century

Medium

Wood and pigment

Accession #

72.40.107

Dimensions

20 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 401

Description

Followers of Shango—the Yoruba thunder god and the deity associated with divine justice—carry dance staffs on ceremonial occasions. The kneeling female figure depicted on this dance staff represents a priestess or devotee of Shango. Shango is symbolized by the double-axe-blade motif, which refers to thunderstorms (Neolithic axe-heads are described as having being thrown down from the sky by the thunder deity).

Credit

Fred and Rita Richman Collection