About this artwork
This dance staff for the deity Eshu depicts a warrior flanked by a bound captive and a nursing mother. This work was made during a turbulent period of civil war. The warrior’s cap is depicted as a crooked phallus, which is a symbol of Eshu—the divine messenger, facilitator, and provocateur—and allows for the staff to be hooked over the shoulder.
- Esu Dance Staff (Ogo Elegbara)
- Nigeria (Object made in)
- 25.4 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm (10 × 5 × 5 in.)
- Gift of Anne R. Whipple and Jay Whipple in memory of Anne's son, W. Philip McNulty III