Eshu Elegba figure

Eshu Elegba figure

1900s
Culture
Yoruba
Locale
West Africa
Country
Nigeria
figure
Gift of Maureen and Dan Nidess
1985.296
Yoruba artist. Eshu Elegba figure. 1900s. Gift of Maureen and Dan Nidess. 1985.296.
Dimensions
width: 7 in, 17.7800 cm; mount height: 31 in, 78.7400 cm; height: 25 in, 63.5000 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
African Art
This dance wand was carried at annual festivals that honor Eshu, a divine messenger who stands at the crossroads between this world and the next, enabling communication between humans and the gods. The artist contrasted white cowrie shells with the dark wood to reflect Eshu’s dual nature.
Known Provenance
Maureen and Dan Nidess, Aurora, CO, before 1985; Denver Art Museum, 1985.

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