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Olojufoforo (Ancestor Mask)

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The oloyiya (meaning ‘owner of combs’ also called okyiya, or epa are) mask is a ceremonial mask worn by the Yoruba people. These masks are a type of Epa mask from the Ekiti province in Nigeria, used in week-long,...


Opon Igede Ifa (Divination Bowl)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. An agere Ifa is a object that forms part of the divination ensemble. It, along with an iroke Ifa, opon Ifa, palm nuts and a number...


Edan Ogboni (Osugbo Staff)

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Headed by the Oluwo (chief priest), the Yoruba Ogboni (meaning ‘cult of old age’) is a society of respected elderly men and women responsible for the management and wellbeing of their community through the...


Egungun (Ancestor Headdress)

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Egungun headdresses (not masks as these sit ON the head and not across the face) are used in conjunction with elaborate masquerade textile costumes to honour ancestors and to celebrate the positive influences of ancestral...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Ade Oba (King’s Crown)

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It is believed amongst the Yoruba that the ruling leader, the Oba (king), provides a link between his people, the ancestors and the gods. The Yoruba also believe that an individual’s character, behaviour and ultimate life...


Ade Oba (King's Crown)

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It is believed amongst the Yoruba that the ruling leader, the Oba (king), provides a link between his people, the ancestors and the gods. The Yoruba also believe that an individual’s character, behaviour and ultimate life...


Olumeye (Offering Bowl)

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Found predominantly in the towns of Ekiti and Igbomina, kneeling female figure bowls known as olumeye (meaning ‘one who brings/knows honour and respect’) are used by chiefs and kings (Oba) to present kola nut (obi)...


Opa Orere (Herbalist's Staff)

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The opa osun (also called opa orere or opa osungaga) is used by Yoruba babalawos (diviners) as a symbol of office but also as an altar to the divination god Orunmila (also called Ifa, ‘the grand priest and custodian of...


Odigba Ifa (Divination Necklace)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. The necklace for Ifa (odigba ifa; Ifa is ‘the grand priest and custodian of the Ifa Oracle’, i.e. the Orisha of...


Ewu Orisa Oko (Herbalist's Staff Sheath)

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For a successful harvest and hunt the Yoruba enlist the help of Oko, the god of agriculture and harvest (literal meaning ‘god of the farm’), through the use of opa orisa oko staffs. Made from old iron hoe blades...


Opa Orisa Oko (Herbalist's Staff)

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For a successful harvest and hunt the Yoruba enlist the help of Oko, the god of agriculture and harvest (literal meaning ‘god of the farm’), through the use of opa orisa oko staffs. Made from old iron hoe blades (usually...


Omolangidi (Child's Doll)

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Typically created by apprentices as their first carving, omolangidi (meaning ‘child of wood’) are Yoruba dolls carved as toys for young girls, who carry them on their backs held in place by a baby wrapper. As well...


Odo Sango (Sango Mortar)

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These pedestals, odo Sango, are found mostly in by the Igbomina and Ekiti tribes of North Eastern Yorubaland. Associated with the worship of the god of thunder and lightning, Sango, these inverted wood mortars are placed in...


Arugba Sango (Sango Shrine Bowl)

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These vessels, arugba Sango, are found mostly in by the Igbomina and Ekiti tribes of North Eastern Yorubaland. Arugba (meaning ‘bowl carrier’) Sango vessels are associated with the worship of the god of thunder and...


Ibori (Symbol Of The Inner Head)

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The Yoruba believe that an individual’s character, behaviour and ultimate life destiny is pre-defined at birth by the individual’s ‘head’. As such, an individual’s head is highly revered and respected as an...


Ile Ori (House of the Head Shrine)

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The Yoruba believe that an individual’s character, behaviour and ultimate life destiny are pre-defined at birth by the individual’s head (ori). As such, an individual’s head is highly revered and respected as a distinct...


Ikin Ifa (Ifa Oracle Head)

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Esu (also called Eshu, Elegba) is believed to be the messenger of Yoruba gods, bearer of sacrifices, guardian of the ritual way of life and often also seen as the ‘trickster god’.

To represent Esu’s presence,...


Apo Ifa (Divination Bag)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. The bag for Ifa (apo ifa) is used by babalawos to carry their set of sixteen kola nuts (ikin), divining chains (opele) and other...


Agere Ifa (Divination Cup)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. An agere Ifa is a object that forms part of the divination ensemble. It, along with an iroke Ifa, opon Ifa, palm nuts and a number...


Gelede (‘Mothers’ Headdress)

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Gelede headdresses (not masks as these sit ON the head and not across the face) are one of the few among the Yoruba to celebrate female forces. The headdresses, along with associated masquerade costumes, are used to promote...


Gelede (‘Mothers’ Headdress)

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Gelede headdresses (not masks as these sit ON the head and not across the face) are one of the few among the Yoruba to celebrate female forces. The headdresses, along with associated masquerade costumes, are used to promote...


Udamalore (Ceremonial Sword)

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Predominantly found in Owo in Yorubaland, the udamalore literally means a ‘sword of the well-born’ referring to the owner coming from a respected family and that its owner is a “leader prepared to meet...


Ekine (Water Spirit Headdress)

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Found amongst the Southern Yoruba of Ijebu, these headdresses are used for the masquerade cult known as Agbo, Magbo or Ekine (meaning ‘dancing people’ in Ijo), which pay homage to Olokun, goddess of the sea as well...


Ekine (Water Spirit Headdress)

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Found amongst the Southern Yoruba of Ijebu, these headdresses are used for the masquerade cult known as Agbo, Magbo or Ekine (meaning ‘dancing people’ in Ijo), which pay homage to Olokun, goddess of the sea as well...


Ekine (Water Spirit Headdress)

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Found amongst the Southern Yoruba of Ijebu, these headdresses are used for the masquerade cult known as Agbo, Magbo or Ekine (meaning ‘dancing people’ in Ijo), which pay homage to Olokun, goddess of the sea as well...


Opon Ifa (Divination Tray)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. An opon Ifa is a object that forms part of the divination ensemble. It, along with an iroke Ifa, agere Ifa, palm nuts and a number...


Iroke Ifa (Divination Tapper)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. An iroke Ifa (also called irofa, iro Ifa, iro ike, orunfa, orun Ifa, orunke or orun ike; meaning ‘tapper of Ifa’) is an object...


Ose Sango (Sango Staff)

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Originally created for the court of kings in Oyo, ose Sango (sometimes spelt oshe Shango) staffs quickly spread to other sub-groups within the Yorubaland. Associated with the worship of the god of thunder and lightning,...


Ogo Elegba (Esu Staff)

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Esu (also called Eshu, Elegba) is believed to be the messenger of Yoruba gods, bearer of sacrifices, guardian of the ritual way of life and often also seen as the ‘trickster god’. If Esu isn’t properly honoured, trouble...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

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Amongst the Yoruba, twins are regarded as extraordinary beings protected by the god, Sango. It is believed that twins are spiritually one inseparable being and as such, should a twin die, a statuette (ere ibeji) is made to be...


Osanmasinmi (Ram’s Head Altarpiece)

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Primarily found in the Owo region of Yorubaland, carved ram’s heads / or human heads with horns (osanmasinmi) adorn ancestral altars and shrines (ojupo) of royals, chiefs and Yoruba leaders. Osanmasinmi heads honour...


Opa Osanyin / Erinle (Herbalist’s Staff)

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To cure and / or protect clients from mental and physical illness caused by spirits and individual forces, Yoruba diviners (babalawos) enlist the help of Osanyin, the god of divination or Erinle, the god of herbal medicines....