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Pañuelo for Obatalá

Catalog Number: B004


Silvia López Noda


41” x 40.5”

104.14 mm x 102.87 mm

Religion and Denomination: Santería (Cuba, Yoruba)
Country of Origin: Cuba
Ethnographic Origin: Caribbean
Materials: Cloth
Date of Manufacture: 04/2014
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

Obatalá is considered the highest orichas in the Cuban Santería/Ocha religion. He is associated with the color white and his priests wear all white. According to Santería/Ocha mythology, Obatalá was the first oricha created; mythology also describes him as the ruler of all things that are white and he also has dominion over the bones and head of each person. The pure white (and silver) as well as the image of a dove, all of which are generally depicted as white, seen within this pañuelo suggest that it is meant for Obatalá.