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Oṣé Ṣàngó

Catalog Number: D025




69cm x 10cm x 3cm



27 in x 4in x 1in


Religion and Denomination: Yoruba indigenous religion (Yoruba)
Transatlantic Family of Religion: Orisha
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Ethnographic Origin: Yoruba
Materials: pigment
Usage: Ritual (used)
Detailed Description of Significance:

This staff represents Ṣàngó’s power to punish thieves, other villains, and enemies with a lightning strike, which is construed as thunder-stones cast from the sky. The double shape at the top of this scepter represents a pair of thunder-stones. Their doubleness suggests fertility (particularly twin births), wealth and other forms of proliferation. The overall shape of the staff suggests a combination of testicles and penis, an interpretation consistent with the god’s reputation for virility.