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Saẁorò ẹsẹ̀ Ẹgbé̩

Catalog Number: D006


10.16 cm diameter


4" diameter


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

These anklets produce a sound during dance that is beloved by the divinity known as Ẹgbẹ́.  Ẹgbẹ́ personifies the connection of every living person to his or her counterparts in the spirit world, (ọ̀run). The number of small rings on the anklets, three, is a favorite number of Ẹgbẹ́.  This spirit world coexists with the material world, and is the residence of orisa, as well as ancestor spirits (egun) and other spirits. There is a Yoruba adage that the world is a market, and ợrun is home, emphasizing the interplay between the two domains. Spirits visit the material world, and vice versa. The sound of these rattle-anklets calls to the minds of the priest or priestess and of his or her audience the intimate connection between the two.