Staff (Oshe Shango)

Unidentified Yoruba maker


20th century

Wood with pigment

Overall: 22 5/16 × 9 1/16 × 4 1/8 in. (56.6 × 23 × 10.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Ethel and Robert Asher, Class of 1931



Place Made: Anago area, Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa


20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Staff

Research Area


Not on view

Exhibition History

African Art: A Teaching Exhibition, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 44, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 31-December 6, 1998.

Exhibited with Divine Inspiration: From Benin to Bahia, Photographs by Phyllis Galembo, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 17-April 21, 1996.

Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Anthropology 44, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 29-December 18, 1994.

Publication History

Santeria Aesthetics in Contemporary Latin American Art, Edited by Arturo Lindsay, Chapter One: From Africa to the Americas, Babatunde Lawal, Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996, ill. p. 13


Probably collected after 1950; acquired from an East Coast Gallery, date unknown; Robert E. Asher (1910-2008) and Ethel Watson Asher (1905-1987), Washington, D.C.; given to present collection, 1987.

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