Yoruba, Bamana Group / Osanyin Staff / 20th centuryYoruba, Bamana Group
Osanyin Staff
20th century

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Sahelese; Mali; Bamana
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Yoruba, Bamana Group
Title: Osanyin Staff
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 20th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: iron
Dimensions: H.28-1/2 x W.6-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 80.54.6
Credit Line: Gift of Bruce B. Dayton
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

Among Yoruba people an iron staff topped by birds signals the presence of an herbalist or diviner. Such staffs might be placed outside the diviner's home, or activated for use in ceremonies. The birds connect the staff to Osanyin, the god of herbalism, and also to dangerous spirits whose power the diviner must control and direct on behalf of his clients.

AMICA ID: MIA_.80.54.6
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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