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 staff represents the power of the herbalist--a priest of the gods of healing, Osanyin and Erinle.
Iron staff with a central bird surrounded by a circle of birds and a parasol.
Paul and Ruth Tishman, New York, -- to 1984
Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016 - ongoing