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    Artist Name:

    Yoruba Artist, Nigeria

    Title:

    Scepter

    Date:

    ca. 1875-1925

    Medium:

    Brass

    Dimensions:

    16 1/2 x 2 x 3 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Bernard and Patricia Wagner

    Accession Number:

    2007.274

    Currently Not on View
    On the day of his coronation, a Yoruba king is presented with a ceremonial sword that represents Odùduwà’s sanction of his appointment. In some cases a king may carry a scepter such as this one, whose bird motif complements the one on his crown, to further proclaim his divine authority and his ability to use it to his subjects’ benefit. The bird at the top of the scepter identifies the king as a descendant of Odùduwà and emphasizes his role as an intermediary between his subjects and the orisa, or gods, in the same way that a bird mediates between heaven and earth.



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