Altar figure

Carved figure of Eshu, the Yoruba trickster deity. He is kneeling, holding a staff in the form of a flute, and wearing an elaborate female hairstyle. One of a pair of figures given to Henry Townsend by Ogunbona, a senior chief of Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Object Summary

Museum Number E608a
Simple Name figure
Full Name altar figure
Common Name altar figure
Production country Nigeria
Material wood; iron
Collection class Religion and magic
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region W
Production parish Oyo
Production town Abeokuta
Production county SW Nigeria
Production continent Africa
Production year high 1868
Cultural group Yoruba
Function name cult object