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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary



Opa Orisha Oko (Ritual Staff)

19th century - 20th century
Cast, inscribed, carved, drilled, and grooved wood with iron

59 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. (151.13 cm x 8.89 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.108
Other Number(s): 84 (175) (Neufeld Collection Number)
175 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Nigerian
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • Yoruba

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Highlights from the Mace and Helen Katz Neufeld Donation of African Art Bryn Mawr College , Sep 1, 1998 – Dec 1, 1998

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/17/1997


  • Owner Name: Galerie Schwarz-Weiss; Gerd Stoll & Mareidi Singer
    Role: Seller
    Place: Essen, Germany
    Acquisition Method: Acquired in Nigeria
    Ownership Start Date: 1964-1969
    Remarks: Purchased by Gert Stoll in Nigeria when he lived there between 1964-1969 per email correspondence with him.


Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 175
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0104356.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. African Weapons: Knives, Daggers, Swords, Axes, Throwing Knives (Passau: Prinz-Verlag, 1978), 12. Figure Number: 1,3
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0128094.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0104357.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. African Weapons: Knives, Daggers, Swords, Axes, Throwing Knives (Passau: Prinz-Verlag, 1978), 12-13. Figure Number: 1,3
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/discover/nigeria-yoruba-opa-orisa-oko-herbalists-staff/.

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