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Beaded Sheath for an Orisa Oko Staff (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist Details
Nigerian (Yoruba)
20th century-
Created
early 20th century
Dimensions
68 x 10 1/2 x 2 in.
(172.7 x 26.7 x 5.1 cm)

About

A Yoruba ruler (oba) and other powerful community members surround themselves with heavily beaded attributes fashioned to signify their authority and venerate the gods. An iron staff honoring the agricultural deity Orisha Oku is stored in this richly beaded sheath when not in ritual use.

Images

  • Beaded Sheath for an Orisa Oko Staff

    Beaded Sheath for an Orisa Oko Staff by Unknown Yoruba Artist

    beaded cover for a staff with animal and geometric designs

  • Beaded Sheath for an Orisa Oko Staff

    AFRICAN, Beaded Sheath Orisa Oko Staff, 2000_5_2, view B

    beaded geometric designs on the sheath of a Yoruban staff

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Credit

Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina, by exchange, 2000.5.2