|Title||Yoruba Maternity Kneeling Female Odo Shango Shrine Piece|
|Type of Object||Shrine piece|
|Country of Origin||Nigeria|
|Approximate Age||Second half 20th century|
|Dimensions||18.5 inches H. x 7.5 inches W. x 6 inches D.|
|Overall Condition||Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.|
|Damage/Repair||Wear, chips, cracks in base, at top and in female body, traces of pigment|
The sculpture depicts a kneeling female figure. The female figure has the double ax Shango staff on the top. She presents her breasts. This ax represents the so-called ‘thunder’ stones known as Shango symbols associated with thunder and lightening.
Thus, the interesting figure is devoted to the Shango deity and used by the priest of Shango cult as a shrine piece. Shango, who was once a human King, became an orisha, a God. Shango is also 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. On this piece, the devotee is kneeling, which is a position of respect, devotion, and submission. The Yoruba believe Shango is the creator of life. Thus, Shango's role is to promote life.