Rattle Staff


From: Nigeria | Benin Kingdom

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 29-93-33
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bini
Provenience Nigeria | Benin Kingdom
Date Made 19th century CE
Section African
Materials Wood
Iconography Elephant | Feather

Carved rattle staff (Ukhure). The middle portion carved to represent three internodes of bamboo. Above this is the rattle proper, formed by two hollows carved out of wood, each having a small rod-shaped piece of wood left free in the hollow, visible through the three longitudinal slots through which the excavation was made. This part of the staff is decorated with incised bands of simple linear designs, and is surmounted by the conventionalized figure of an elephant holding a feather.

Length 130.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from the Estate of George Byron Gordon, 1927
Other Number 135 - Collector Number

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