Unknown (Yoruba, 19th century)

Statue Showing Elephantiasis of the Scrotum


Reference Type:
Artwork
Year:
19th century
Notes/Description:
Elephantiasis of the scrotum among the Yoruba was apparently common enough to be used as part of a proverb: “One does not become afflicted with elephantiasis of the scrotum despite having no testicles.” Which means that “one cannot be deprived of an amenity and yet be subjected to the care of enjoying it.” (Owomoyela, Oyekan. Yoruba Proverbs. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2005, p. 428) Notes by Mariann Smith
Keywords:
Art
Chronic Disease/Chronic Illness
Collection:
Science Museum, London