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Ceremonial Ornament, Yoruba, Nigeria, 19th-20th century (wrought iron) (see also 136692-4)

Ceremonial Ornament, Yoruba, Nigeria, 19th-20th century (wrought iron) (see also 136692-4)


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Ceremonial Ornament, Yoruba, Nigeria, 19th-20th century (wrought iron) (see also 136692-4)

HSC136695 Ceremonial Ornament, Yoruba, Nigeria, 19th-20th century (wrought iron) (see also 136692-4) by African School; Private Collection; (add.info.: probably represents Osanyin, god of divination and Oshoosi, the hunting deity; represent the metaphysical domain of life and death;); Photo © Heini Schneebeli

Media ID 31712918

© Heini Schneebeli / Bridgeman Images

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This print showcases a Ceremonial Ornament from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, dating back to the 19th-20th century. Crafted with exquisite detail using wrought iron, this artifact is believed to represent Osanyin, the god of divination, and Oshoosi, the hunting deity. It symbolizes the metaphysical realm of life and death within Yoruba culture. The intricate design features various animal and bird motifs that hold significant meaning in Yoruba mythology. This ceremonial ornament is thought to be associated with Ifa, a system of divination used for healing purposes. Its presence in rituals suggests its role in promoting health and well-being. The bow and arrow depicted on this ornate piece further emphasize its connection to Oshoosi, who is often portrayed as an expert hunter. The craftsmanship displayed here highlights the skillful ironwork techniques employed by African artisans during this period. With its rich cultural symbolism and historical significance, this photograph captures not only a beautiful work of art but also provides insight into the religious practices and beliefs of the Yoruba people. Preserved within a private collection, it serves as a reminder of Africa's diverse artistic heritage. Photographed by Heini Schneebeli under careful lighting conditions, this image allows us to appreciate every intricate detail of this remarkable ceremonial ornament from Nigeria's past.

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