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Pair of Ritual Staffs (ẹdan Ògbóni)

Pair of Ritual Staffs (ẹdan Ògbóni)

1900s

Copper alloy and iron

Overall: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1973.220

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Description

The chain connecting these two figures allows them to be worn in public by a member of the Ògbóni or Òṣùgbó association as authority emblems. The male on the right gives the association’s typical salute by clasping his left fist on the right one, while the female on the left holds her breasts as a sign of welcome and generosity. The use of copper alloy and iron expresses Ògbóni/Òṣùgbó's concerns with longevity and durability. Long iron spikes would have originally protruded from each figure's base.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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