Èsù Staff (Primary Title)
dance hook (Alternate Title)
To send a message, Èsù sounds a flute, as he does in the carving on this staff. The second face, which represents Èsù’s dual nature and his presence in the spiritworld, appears at the tip of the arc projecting from his head. To carry this staff, a devotee would hook it over his or her shoulder, so that one face looks forward, the other back.
Spirit of the Motherland, Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA, September 1995- January 1996; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, January - May 1996
Barriault, Anne B., and Kay M. Davidson. Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (pp 10-11)
Woodward, Richard B. African Art: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2000. (p. 24-25)
Anne Barriault, Selections Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1997) p. 40, ill. (color).
Sandra Rusak, "Instructional Resources: African Art: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts," Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association, Sept. 1996, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 45-46 (ill. p. 45)
Richard B. Woodward, African Art (Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1994) pp. 24-25, ill.
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