Urhobo Water Masquerade Staff 2

Urhobo Water Masquerade Staff 2

Artist: Unknown Urhobo artist

Name: Water Masquerade Staff

Origin: Urhobo (Ur-ha-bow) people of Nigeria

Made of: wood, pigment (chalk?)

Dimension: H: 49.5” (125cm); W: 3” (8cm)

From: Gift of Dr. Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb, 2010

Accession no. 2010.02.008

Not presently on display


Description: A long, tan-colored, and pigmented, wooden staff, carved from two pieces of wood, one for the shaft, which features what may have been a rattle, and one used for the female figure who is featured at the top of the staff. The figure atop the staff is seated, has either an intricate headpiece or hairstyle, and is adorned with bracelets and necklaces.