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Herbalist's staff
Date: Late 19th to mid-20th century
Medium: Iron
Dimensions: H x W x D: 73 x 39.5 x 38cm (28 3/4 x 15 9/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Nigeria
Object Number: 2005-6-416
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Exhibited: Healing Arts

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

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