Sango Staff: Male Figure (Ose Sango)

Artist:
Duga of Meko
Date:
ca. 1880–1960
Geography:
Nigeria, Ketu region, Meko
Culture:
Yoruba peoples
Medium:
Wood, pigment
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/8 x W. 5 1/4 x D. 3 1/8 in. (39.1 x 13.3 x 7.9 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernst Anspach, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.473
Not on view
During his lifetime, Duga was recognized as Meko's most talented sculptor. Both Duga's father and grandfather had been woodcarvers. His father also occupied an important position within the Gelede society, a major patron of sculptural works that subsequently sponsored Duga's apprenticeship. Duga received his training as a boy under a master carver at Ketu, an important art center. In return, it was understood that Duga would carve Gelede masks without charge, though he would be allowed to keep fees for commissions made by worshipers of other deities, such as Sango.
Ernst Anspach, New York, until 1983

Newton, Douglas, Julie Jones, and Kate Ezra. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1983–1984), pp, 113–118.