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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary

Odo Shango (Shango Altar Stand)

Early 20th century - Mid 20th century

10 7/8 in. x 13 in. (diameter) (27.62 cm x 33.02 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2003.27.12
Other Number(s): King Collection TN-2 (Temporary Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
Culture/Nationality: Ogboni, Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: King 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.
  • altars - Elevated platforms or constructions upon which religious sacrifice is offered or other religious or spiritual activities carried out. In a Christian church altars are platforms where Eucharistic elements are consecrated, in the ancient tradition of a sacrifice. Includes both indoor small, tablelike fixtures and larger, free-standing, outdoor structures. It consists of a horizontal part, the mensa, placed on various types of supports. For the surface at which communion is celebrated in Protestant churches, use "communion tables."
  • edan - Twinned brass images, one male, the other female, joined by a chain, usually around the neck. The edan serve as a main sculptural form of the Yoruba Ogboni secret society in Africa.
  • mudfishes - General term for fish of various species in various orders that live in mud, whether marine, estuarine, or freshwater.
  • Nigerian
  • pedestals - Solid, fixed supports found under such architectural elements as columns or balustrades, or built in to hold sculpture; may also be used for freestanding furniture supports, usually for decorative objects, sometimes incorporating cabinets or shelves; usually classically divided by tripartation into base, dado, and cap.
  • rituals - Generally, practices or patterns of behavior regularly performed in a set, precise manner, for either personal or public purposes. Specifically, particular activities performed during a designated event, often a ceremony.
  • statues - Sculpture in the round, usually but not always depicting humans, animals, mythical beings, or small figure groups. Statues are relatively large in scale, being life-size, larger than life-size, or only slightly smaller than life-size. For small-scale representations of humans, animals, or mythical beings, use "figurines," "statuettes," or another appropriate term. For depictions of humans, animals, or mythical beings in media other than sculpture, use "figures (representations)."
  • 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.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
  • Yoruba

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

  • Owner Name: Bruce and Adele King, in memory of Nicole M. King, Class of 1986
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased in Ibadan, Nigeria from house to house traders
    Ownership Start Date: 1962-1964
    Ownership End Date: June 6, 2003

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0179643.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0104518.
  • John Pemberton, "Eshu-Elegba: The Yoruba Trickster God." African Arts 9, no.1 (October 1975): 27, Figure Number: 12, 13.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0161126.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0104532.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 249-250.
  • Stefan Eisenhofer, ed. Kulte, Künstler, Könige in Afrika: Tradition und Moderne in Südnigeria (Linz, Austria: des Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseums, 1977), 204-217.

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