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    Artist Name:

    Yoruba Artist

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    Fan for Osun


    Late nineteenth–early twentieth century




    14 x 8 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Bernard and Patricia Wagner

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    On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 102
    This elegant brass fan was created to honor Osun, the Yoruba goddess of beauty and fertility. Priestesses of Osun carry brass fans in processions along the banks of the Osun River during annual festivals dedicated to the deity. Osun relieves human anxiety in the same way that a fan cools the body. According to Yoruba oral tradition, Osun was excluded from the all-male council of gods. Consequently, their sacrifices were rejected at the door to paradise until Osun gave birth to Èshù, who served as mediator between this world and beyond, allowing order and prosperity to reign.

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