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Votary Yoruba Sculpture

Catalog Number: D036




42 cm x 28 cm x 13 cm



16.5 in x 11 in x 5 in


Religion and Denomination: Yoruba indigenous religion (Yoruba)
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Ethnographic Origin: Yoruba
Materials: pigment
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

Sculptures of this sort adorn the altars of Yoruba gods known as Òrìṣà. The top of the chicken is a lid and the bottom a bowl. 

The kneeling position is a gesture of respect, devotion, and submission. When offered as a sacrifice the bird symbolizes honor and prosperity.  Thus, the containers in these objects were often in the form of a chicken (adie).

The hairstyle in this sculpture is called àgògó, which was, in the past, a typical hairstyle for Yoruba brides.  Today, it is peculiar to possession priests of the òrìṣà gods.