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Five idẹ ọwợ ọlợnà

Catalog Number: D012


7.62 diameter



3" diameter


Religion and Denomination: Yoruba indigenous religion (Yoruba)
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Ethnographic Origin: Yoruba
Materials: Brass
Date of Manufacture: 06/2010
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

The fact that there are five rings is connected to Ọ̀ṣun’s fondness of the number five. The bracelets are made of brass, one of Òṣun’s preferred materials, and echoing her love of golden-yellow hues. The inscriptions in the material of the bracelets are known as fín fín and are pleasing to Ọ̀ṣun, as they are to all òrìşà. However, there is no requirement for the inclusion of these decorations, and many such bracelets are plain and unadorned. The design on these bracelets includes numerous straight lines, a common symbol in objects related to Ọ̀ṣun, and perhaps is tied to the waves of the ocean, or the path of the river, both of which are Ọ̀ṣun’s domains.  

Such bracelets may have been imported or been made from brass imported during the slave trade.  While smiths in what is now Yorubaland did smelt brass from indigenous sources the supply of brass and the production of brass objects proliferated with the introduction of brass manilas as currency by European traders on the West African coast.  Thus like many of the emblems of the òrìşà and of Yoruba royalty, such bracelets represent the conjunction of wealth and antiquity.