X97.38.1 Osun fan

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Osun fan
Artist: James Norman-Odun Yomi
Glass beads and straw cloth
H: 50.5 cm, W: 28.2 cm, D: 3.8 cm (H: 19.8 in, W: 11.1 in, D: 1.5 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum Purchase. X97.38.1


Abebe Osun (Osun fan), created by James Norman-Ogun Yomi, is carried by the initiate while in state and acts through its beaded splendor as an abebe (advocate/supplication) to the deity and gently urges her to send goodness in all of its form to the initiate.

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 145