Yoruba Scepter of the God, Orisha, Eshu

Nigeria, Oshogbo region

Circa 1890
18 ½ in (47 cm)
Wood, cloth, beads, cowrie shells 

Dr. Robert (1916-2006) and Helen (1920-2017) Kuhn Collection, Los Angeles, before 1974
Sotheby’s New York, The Kuhn Collection, 20 November 1991, lot 60
Private American Collection, acquired from the above 

Arneson, Jeanette Jensen, Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art, E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacremento, California, 1974: back cover
Bacquart, Jean-Baptiste, The Tribal Arts of Africa, London: Thames & Hudson, L’Art tribal d’Afrique Noire, Paris: Editions Assouline, 1998:101, #6
Drewal, Henry John, Pemberton III, John, Abiodun, Rowland, Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, edited by Allen Wardwell, New York, The Center for African Art and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989:28, #23 

Sacramento, Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art, E.B.Crocker Art Gallery, 9 March-14 April 1974
Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought:
– New York, NY: The Center for African Art, 21 September 1989-7 January 1990
– Chicago, IL: The Art Institute of Chicago, 10 February-1 April 1990
– Washington, D.C.: The National Museum of African Art, 8 May 26 August 1990
– Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 26 September-9 December 1991
– New Orleans, LA: The New Orleans Museum of Art, 11 January-24 March 1991
– Atlanta, GA, The High Museum of Art, 23 April-16 June 1991