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Pair of Ritual Staffs (ẹdan Ògbóni)

Pair of Ritual Staffs (ẹdan Ògbóni)

possibly 1800s

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Imagine how this would look when its owner wore it; the chain would go around the back of the neck and the figures would rest on their chest.


The chain connecting these two figures allows them to be worn in public by a member of the Ògbóni or Òṣùgbó association as authority emblems. The male on the right gives the association’s typical salute by clasping his left fist on the right one, while the female on the left holds her breasts as a sign of welcome and generosity. The use of copper alloy and iron expresses Ògbóni/Òṣùgbó's concerns with longevity and durability.
  • ?–1996
    Drs. James and Gladys Strain, Riverdale, NY, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • "CMA Annual Report, 1996" (Cleveland, CMA, 1997) listed p. 46
  • {{cite web|title=Pair of Ritual Staffs (ẹdan Ògbóni)|url=false|author=|year=possibly 1800s|access-date=25 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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