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Oshe Shango (Shango Dance Wand)

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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary

Oshe Shango (Shango Dance Wand)

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood with patina

13 in. x 6 1/2 in. x 2 3/4 in. (33.02 cm x 16.51 cm x 6.99 cm)
Gift of Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.39
Other Number(s): 82-40 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
This double-edged axe of the Yoruba Orisha Shango is referred to as an Edun Ara, and represents Shango's power as the god of thunder. Shango was the king of Oyo, where the facial scarification pattern, or abaja, are sets of three lines, referenced by the sets of three stripes carved onto each side of the blade.

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