Wooden figure representing the god Eshu, Nigeria, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in Nigeria
maker:
Yoruba people

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Carved wooden figure of Eshu Elegba kneeling and holding notched stuck under chin, with backward curving hooked headdress, Yoruba, West African, 1880-1920

A wooden figure in the form of Eshu, a god of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. In Yoruba tradition, Eshu is described as a figure of trickery and surprise. In common with other depictions of Eshu, he is seen here playing a flute.

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Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A167143
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Sothebys
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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