This is a fine antique bronze edan ogboni , a ceremonial object or staff used by Ogboni cult members as a symbol of membership but it is also believed to be the god Edan in physical form. When a new member joins the cult, he or she is given an edan to represent the expectation of secrecy from all cult members; the staff remains in the member's possession till death. 


This bronze measures 10 inches tall in its wooden display stand.  Yoruba peoples, Nigeria.

  Provenance: A Private New Jersey collection. 

A Fine Old Yoruba Edan Ogboni (Osugbo Staff)