Staff Item Number: 3326/21 from the MOA: University of British Columbia

Description

Wood carving depicts a male figure riding on horseback with a snake(?) draped over his shoulders. The horse is disproportionately small. His elongated head sits at an angle on his long neck. He has large almond eyes, and three horizontal lines on each cheek. Extending up from his head is a large double axe-shaped headdress that curves down to points on each side. The handle is cylindrical and plain with a small looped end.

History Of Use

Shango staff, or dance wand.

Narrative

Assumed to have been collected by Lieber while he was living in Nigeria (1965-1970), lecturing at the University of Ibadan under the auspices of CIDA.