X96.3.2b,c White beaded gourd and lid

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White beaded gourd and lid
Yoruba peoples
Gourd, beads, cloth, thread
17 cm (6.5 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum Purchase. X96.3.2b,c


Meant to hold empowering substances, this stoppered gourd activates and intensifies the work of the priest/ruler in rituals directed to the orisa funfun.

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 206