Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : African & Tribal Art : Yoruba Brass Fans : Yoruba Brass Fan of an Osun Priestess
Yoruba Brass Fan of an Osun Priestess - PF.5035
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 20.5" (52.1cm) high
Collection: African Art
Medium: Brass

Location: United States
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
At the time when the sacred waters of orisa Osun are taken in brass bowls from the river to the shrine, the priestess carries her fan as an insignia of office. As a mediator between this world and the "other world", the priestess is able to interpret messages from the river deity Osun to her suppliants in response to their questions. She is also in touch with spirits of nature, using these natural forces to help people in a variety of ways.

One long and two short oblong shapes form a cross in this fan, each segment decorated with intricate patterns of small open circles down the vertical "shaft", and concentric circles on the horizontal "arms". From the four corners amphibious-like creatures seem to swim away from the center.These animals are cleverly ambiguous, representing either turtles, fish or, as in the case of the top figure, a snail or leech. All are part of life in the river, the river whose "Queen" is Osun, and whose priestess proudly carried this fan in many processions from the river.
- (PF.5035)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2023 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting