Òpá òrìsà Oko (Staff with Beaded Sheath and Crown)

Unidentified Yoruba maker


early-mid-20th century

Iron and wood with glass trade beads, cloth, hide, and thread

Overall: 56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm)

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



Place Made: Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa


20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Staff

Research Area


Not on view

Course History

ARTH 85, Senior Seminar in Theory and Method, Mary Coffey, Fall 2014

Exhibition History

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

Rotunda, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 16-October 1974.

The Ritual Context of African Art, Dartmouth College Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 1-September 1,1975; The Center for African Art, New York, New York, September 20, 1989-Janaury 7, 1990; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, February 10-April 1, 1990; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, Spetember 26-December 9, 1990; The New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 11-March 24, 1991; The High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, April 13-June 16, 1991.

Publication History

Drewal, Pemberton and Abiodun; Edited by Allen Wardell. Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. The Center for African Art in association with Harry N. Abrahms Inc., Publishers, New York, 1989.

Treasures of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1985, p. 70, no. 42.


Collected in Ikere, Nigeria; Evelyn Annenberg Friede Jaffe Hall (1911-2005); given to present collection, 1973.

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