African

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Description

Dagger with beaded scabbard
Metal, glass beads and leather
18 1/4 x 3 x 1 1/4"
Beadwork is a significant facet of Yoruba art. This dagger, with intricately designed sheath and interlace leather hilt, is probably of Owo or Ijebu origins. In Owo, it is called udamalore (sword of the well-born) and is an insignia of high-rank. In Ijebu cultures, it is associated with the Ogboni Earth society and would be carried by priests or other elite members. The color combinations may signify particular deities (orisha) as well as their corresponding temperaments. For instance, the facial emblem with two triangular projections located close to the handle could possibly refer to Shango, god of thunder. The two red and white knot motifs (a sacred color combination commonly associated with Shango) also imply regality.

Creator

African

Source

Found in the Collection

Identifier

2016.001.003

Collection

Citation

African, “African,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 7, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/14331.