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Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu StatueMale Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu StatueMale Eshu Statue
Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue

Decorated Yoruba Male Eshu Statue 28″ – Nigeria – African Art

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This Yoruba statue depicts a male Eshu figure with objects in either hand. He is decorated with beaded jewelry around his neck, waist, wrists and ankles. The figure has some minor cracking, one larger crack on the base, and scuffing and wear and tear. Please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Yoruba

Material

Wood, pigment, metal, string, beads, shells

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

28"

Width

8"

Depth

11.5"

Weight

8 lbs

Tribe Information

Additional Information

Eshu Statue

Tribe Information

About the Yoruba People

The Yoruba are the largest cultural group on the African continent, with nearly 40 million people. The word ‘Yoruba’ describes both the language and a tribe living across Nigeria and the Popular Republic of Benin, in an area of forest and savannah.

Geography
The Yoruba people’s primary living space is South-West Nigeria with substantial Yoruba communities in Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone but they are not bound by state or country borders. This area is often referred to as “Yorubaland”. Most of the terrain is either forest, woodland savannah, rich farmland or coastal swamps and lagoons.

History
The origin of the Yoruba people in Nigeria is heavily debated. Some believe they came from the east in Mecca, some say from the north in Egypt. Evidence shows that ethnically, Yoruba’s have been in the area known as Yorubaland since the 7th century BC. Scholars believe the area was probably inhabited earlier by peoples of the Nok culture. Yorubaland covers the modern-day countries of Nigeria, Togo and Benin. The term Yoruba to describe ethnicity, did not come about until the 16th century and wasn’t widely used until the 19th century. Before then, the Yoruba people were known by many names depending on who was acknowledging them. For instance, the Europeans referred to them as Akú, whereas in Cuba, they were referred to as O luku mi.

Read more about the Yoruba here.

Additional Information

About the Eshu Statue

"Eshu, also spelled Eschu, also called Elegba, trickster god of the Yoruba of Nigeria, an essentially protective, benevolent spirit who serves Ifa, the chief god, as a messenger between heaven and earth. Eshu requires constant appeasement in order to carry out his assigned functions of conveying sacrifices and divining the future. One myth depicts Eshu as tricking Ifa out of the secrets of divination; another, in which Eshu restores Ifa from his imprisonment in a palm tree, casts him as the founder of the Ifa religion."
www.britannica.com

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