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Location: On Display in the Africa Galleries

From: Nigeria | Benin Kingdom

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF5085
Current Location Africa Galleries - On Display
Culture Edo (Africa)
Provenience Nigeria | Benin Kingdom
Date Made 19th century CE
Section African
Materials Copper Alloy | Brass
Technique Lost Wax Casting
Iconography Ibis | Bird

Bird of prophecy (ahiamwen-oro) idiophone. Bird with long down turned beak and outstreched wings perched on top finial. Two guilloche pattern bands at top and bottom of finial.

Height 30.7 cm
Width 9.6 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1920

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