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A FINE YORUBA BRASS RATTLE STAFF, edan osugbo, the Janus heads cast with large eyes within hatched borders, opposed chevrons on the foreheads, within an openwork rectangle of circlets hung with eight spherical bells, central cylindrical grip, one side of the triangular base with cast mask above two curved elements, the reverse with a double-headed chameleon, openwork borders, knopped base, from Ijebu Ode

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A FINE YORUBA BRASS RATTLE STAFF, edan osugbo, the Janus heads cast with large eyes within hatched borders, opposed chevrons on the foreheads, within an openwork rectangle of circlets hung with eight spherical bells, central cylindrical grip, one side of the triangular base with cast mask above two curved elements, the reverse with a double-headed chameleon, openwork borders, knopped base, from Ijebu Ode
40cm. high

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Hans Witte (Earth and the Ancestors: Ogboni Iconography, Amsterdam, 1988) suggests that the chameleon may refer to the Agemo cult in Ijebu (where Ogboni is called osugbo) - see the note to Plate 3.
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