'Shango and his festival' indistinctly inscribed and dated '1988' (lower left) mixed media on panel 245.5 x 122.5cm (96 5/8 x 48 1/4in).
Shango (or Sango) is the Yoruba god of thunder. His annual festival lasts for approximately 20 days in July, during which sacrifices are made at his shrine. On the final day the Shango priest becomes possessed by the god and gains magical powers. A procession then follows him to the Oba's palace where there is feasting and dancing.
Prince often depicts Shango in his work. A comparable composition is seen in the batik Sango and Traditional Musicians, 1994 (illustrated in Glassie 2010, p.369).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: H. Glassie, Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, (Bloomington, 2010), pp.368-9