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Yoruba sacred vessel

Catalog Number: D033


20 cm tall, 15 cm in diameter



8 inches tall, 6 inches in diameter


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

The shape of the vessel closely resembles a human head and, in use, mimes the Òrìṣà’s invasion of human heads during possession-trance. The large eyes indicate that the Òrìṣà are omniscient and the shapes are indented to allow for the placing of sacred kolanuts in them. The prominence of blue pigment on the top indicates the vessel was probably dedicated to the goddess of the River Ògùn Yemọja.