Iron staff

Description
Iron staff composed of miniature tools a blacksmith could make (arrowhead, hammer, cutlass, shackles, cult objects for other groups). Used by priests dedicated to Ogun, the god of iron. Probably collected in the 1960s.

One of a collection of iron items obtained by the son of a Bideford farmer who had worked in West Africa in the 1970s.
Accession Loan No.
286/1998/1
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
iron staff
Simple Name
staff
Full Name
Ogun staff
Dimensions
whole length 256 mm; whole W 74 mm
Cultural Group
Yoruba
Production Year High
1960s
Production Town
Benin City?
Production County
SW Nigeria
Production Country
Nigeria
Production Area Region
West Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
iron
Function Detail
forged. Set of symbolic tools, representing Ogun, god of iron
Collection Area Region
W
Collection Continent
Africa

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