X91.350 Esu-Eleba shrine/dance staff

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Esu-Eleba shrine/dance staff
(Ogo Elegbe)
Nigeria
Yoruba peoples
Wood, shells, mirror, metal bells, gourd, leather, seed pods, chain, yarn
1991
H: 44 cm, W: 25 cm, D: 28 cm (H: 17.3 in, W: 9.8 in, D: 11.0 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Helen and Dr. Robert Kuhn. X91.350

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Placed on the altar when not used during processions or dances, this ogo Elegba is bedecked with the implements and materials that suggest the deity’s attributes and prerogatives (carved staffs/clubs, spoon, fan gourd. etc.). The staff is beaded with palm kernals, the oil of which is Esu-Eleba’s favorite liquid.

Source: Drewal, H., Mason, J. (1998). “Beads, Body, and Soul = Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 26

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