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This is a statue of Shapona, the West African, God of Smallpox. This artifact is part of the David J. Sencer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Museum collection. A uniquely carved wooden figure, it is adorned with layers of meaningful objects, including a monkey skull, cowrie shells, and nails. The sculpture was donated in 1995, by Ilze and Rafe Henderson, it was created by a traditional healer who made approximately 50 Shaponas as commemorative objects for the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and other public health experts attending a 1969 conference on smallpox eradication.
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Creation Date:1969
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