Staff (Ogo Eshu Elegba)

Unidentified Oyo-Yoruba maker


20th century

Wood, cloth, and leather collar

Overall: 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Overall: 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall



Place Made: Oyo Kingdom region, Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa


20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Staff

Research Area


Not on view

Course History

REL 17, AAAS 83.5, African Religions of the Americas, Elizabeth Perez, Fall 2013

Exhibition History

Divine Inspiration: from Benin to Bahia, Photographs by Phillys 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, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 29-December 18, 1994.

Point of View: Africa on Display?, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 1, 2003- February 22, 2004.

Recent Acquistions, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 17-27, 1974.

The Ritual Context of African Art, Dartmouth College Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 1-September 1, 1975.

Publication History

Treasures of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1985, p. 68, no. 39.

Barbara Thompson, "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," African Arts, Volume XXXVII, No. 2, Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of California, 2004, ill. p. 21.


Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, New York; sold to Evelyn Annenberg Friede Jaffe Hall (1911-2005), New York; given to present collection, 1973.

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