X94.7.21 Esu club/stick

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Esu club/stick
Yoruba peoples
Wood, beads, cloth, thread, cowrie shells
H: 88 cm, W: 17.5 cm (H: 34.6 in, W: 6.8 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum purchase with Manus Fund. X94.7.21


Arugogo/ogo Esu (hooked stick for pulling things to you/Esu club) beaded in Elegba colors: black and red. The cowrie-tipped tassels on the end of the hook speak of Elegba’s ability to pull in ropes of money that he wears like clothes.

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 119