- Label Text
- Among the Yoruba, a large bird in the center of a gathering of birds symbolizes the ability to control supernatural forces and the power of good subduing evil. This iron staff represents the power of the herbalist--a priest of the gods of healing, Osanyin and Erinle.
- Iron staff with stylized central bird surrounded by six extremely stylized birds on curved arms.
- African trader, Liberia, -- to 1965-1967
- Robert and Nancy Nooter, Washington, D.C., 1965-1967 to 1981
- Exhibition History
- Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016 - June 26, 2019, (installed June 6, 2018)
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Yoruba artist
- Late 19th-mid 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
- H x W x D: 35.7 × 13.8 × 16.4 cm (14 1/16 × 5 7/16 × 6 7/16 in.)