Eshu Figure
Yoruba, Nigeria
Wood, copper, glass beads, cowrie shells, red ochre pigment

11" x 3"
Inventory # 10286

Depicted here is the trickster god Eshu who, along with Orunmila serves as a mediator between gods and humans. Seen as embodiments of the principles of certainty and uncertainty, the twosome is intimately connected in the minds of the Yoruba, for order does not exist without disorder, and disorder requires order by definition. While Orunmila embodies certainty, fate, equilibrium, and order, Eshu embodies uncertainty, chance, and mischief.