Shrine Figure of a Kneeling Flutist
ArtistLamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
DimensionsWork : 17 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (44.45 x 13.97 x 8.89 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
This shrine figure depicts a devotee of the god Eshu playing a curved flute. Eshu is the traditional Yoruba messenger god who connects the divine and human realms. Followers of traditional Yoruba religion often pray to Eshu for help solving problems.