16th - 18th century
Figure in ivory of girl striking a "sistrum". Cf. von Luschan, Altertumer von Benin, p. 476, and fig. 806. The features of the face are completely worn off by handling, except for the right ear. The figure is otherwise almost identical with von Luschan's illustration, except that it has the peaked headdress of von Lushcan's fig. 805. See also fig. 639b, p. 414, where a similar object is called "handle of a fly-whisk". For the "sistrum" see pp. 412-414. For costume, see chapter 2. See also Ling Roth, Pitt-Rivers, Read and Dalton. Original Nos.: 36453 (Oldman?); G.B.G.
Purchased from the estate of George Byron Gordon, 1929
Current & Past Exhibitions:
African Gallery (1987 - 1994)
Iyare: Splendor and Tension in Benin's Palace Theater (01 Nov 2008 - 01 Mar 2009)
African Gallery ( Aug 1995)
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