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Yoruba Figural Rattle Ritual African Art

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Title Yoruba Figural Rattle Ritual African Art
Type of Object Carving, instrument
Country of Origin Nigeria or Benin (Dahomey)
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, fibers, misc
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 12 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Damaged weaves, cracks and chips

Additional Information: 

Among the Yoruba people of Nigeria an intricate combination of myth and religion explains history, categorizes natural phenomenon and describes various deities known as “orishas” who form a complex religion with many different faces and an equally complex set of images.  Shango is known as the “Thunder God” who caused lightening to flash and was responsible for the many early stone tools (era edun) found in the region that people believed fell to the earth when Shango cast lightening bolts downwards to earth.  Eshu (Esu) manipulates creative energies, communicates with the gods, and embraces secret knowledge. He can become invisible, appear in an instant, and mystify us by her actions or appearance.


Recommended  Readings:


R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971)


Drewal, H.J., J. Pemberton, R. Abiodun, “Yoruba; Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought”.  1989.


Daniel Mato and Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: ART OF LIFE. The Bennett-Luther Collection)