Opa Osanyin (Herbalist’s staff) - ROM2010_11686_20

ROM2010_11686_20

Opa Osanyin (Herbalist’s staff)

Maker: Unidentified Yoruba artist
Medium:Iron
Geography: Nigeria
Date: before 1966
Dimensions:
54 x 21 x 24 cm
Object number: 2009.83.9
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jack Lieber
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionHerbalist staffs would be positioned outside of shrines as emblems of the spiritual power of the herbalist. Birds are a symbol of the invisible form that the priests or elders assume when they fly in the night. They are also the visual representation of the supernatural powers of spirits and deities.
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