African tribal art Yoruba Eshu Figure

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African tribal art

A fine rare Yoruba Eshu figure with cowrie shell decorations
Eshu is the embodiment of the principle of uncertainty in the Yoruba pantheon, he has the attributes of the magician, the trickster and is divine messenger to the Yoruba Orissa(gods)
Eshu is a male deity but often depicted as both male and female. This is superbly carved male figure and a well used specimen.
Size 36cm
Nigeria late 19th early 20th century.

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