Carved wooden figure of a crocodile. A carved wooden bell is attached to the figures neck. The face (eyes, nose, and mouth) are detailed.
Nkisi is a generic term for a class of power objects. These objects are employed as solutions to social and physical problems. They are ritually charged objects, able to facilitate movement of spirits between differnet points of existence. Animals, such as crocodiles, are assoicated with spirits that can move this way.
Carved wooden wand. A discoid grip at one end of the shaft, and a double-headed projection at the other.
A wand used in dances and ceremonies by Shango devotees. Shango is a deified king of Oyo, assoicated with lighting, storms, fire, aggression, divination, and kingship. The wand's double projection depicts "thunderstones": neolithic stone celts thought to be the remains of lightning bolts hurled by Shango. As dance paraphenalia, the wand is a focal point for devotees; a device that facilitates the trance state dancers enter during ceremonies.