Lot: 48

Dance wand "oshe shango"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Ila Orangun

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Manfred Sackmann, Berlin, Germany
Robert Lewitzki, Celle, Germany
H: 15.7 inch 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR

wood, base

With such wands in their hands, the followers of the mighty thunder god "shango" participated in dances, processions, and rites in honor of their deity. When not being used, the staffs are used to decorate shrines dedicated to "shango".

The double ax is a representation of neolithic stone celts ("edun ara") that the Yoruba believe to be thunderbolts hurled from the sky through lightning by "shango". The double axe is therefore a primary symbol for the presence and omnipotence of "shango".


Expo cat.: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", Albert-König-Museum (Hg.), Unterlüß, 2001, p. 45, cat. 68; Expo cat.: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", Bomann-Museum (Hg.), Celle 2012, p. 46
Exhibited:

Unterlüß, Albert-König-Museum: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", 11. März - 16. April 2001; Celler Schloß, Gotische Halle: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", 10. Juli - 31 August 2012