Iron Herbalist’s Staff

$398.00

Yoruba Tribe.

The Yoruba produce iron staffs which honor the deities of herbal form of medicine, Eyinle and Osanyin. In Yoruba sorcery lore, old women take the birds to attack their victims; the bird imagery of this staff suggests the herbalist’€™s ability to counteract such sorcery. Drewal states, €œThe medium itself (iron) and miniature forged implements (hoes, knives, arrows, swords, bells) proclaim the intersection of the god of iron, Ogun, whose cutting blades make possible the herbalist’s penetration of dense forests to obtain healing substances€ (1980:34).

Description

Yoruba Tribe.

The Yoruba produce iron staffs which honor the deities of herbal form of medicine, Eyinle and Osanyin. In Yoruba sorcery lore, old women take the birds to attack their victims; the bird imagery of this staff suggests the herbalist’€™s ability to counteract such sorcery. Drewal states, €œThe medium itself (iron) and miniature forged implements (hoes, knives, arrows, swords, bells) proclaim the intersection of the god of iron, Ogun, whose cutting blades make possible the herbalist’s penetration of dense forests to obtain healing substances€ (1980:34).

Additional information

Origin

Nigeria

Dimensions

18.5" x 9" x .5" With Stand 18.75" x 9" x 4"


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