YORUBA OSANYIN STAFFS, NIGERIA

 

YORUBA
Osanyin 4
27" high x 7" wide
$1000

YORUBA
Staff 39
42" high x 6.75" wide
$1000

These staffs have been vetted as authentic, with evidence of age and use.

The works below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.
***Exhibited at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia

YORUBA
Osanyin 36
42" x 4"
SOLD
***

YORUBA
Staff 40
29" x 11"
SOLD
***

YORUBA
Osanyin 38
29" high x 11" wide
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YORUBA, OSANYIN HEALING STAFFS, Nigeria

These iron staffs, surmounted by birds and dedicated to Osanyin, deity of herbal medicine, promoted healing and discouraged witchcraft. The birds honor the powers of elderly women, who could transform themselves into birds, to gain their support in the healing. The staffs were placed in the ground next to the ailing person. Prices include bases.

Certainly non-traditional in form, staffs 39 and 40 may not be Osanyin staffs, and for a completely different purpose.

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