Figure Fragment


From: Nigeria | Benin Kingdom

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF2059
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Edo (Africa)
Provenience Nigeria | Benin Kingdom
Date Made 17th-18th century CE
Section African
Materials Copper Alloy | Brass
Technique Lost Wax Casting
Iconography Bird Head

Head fragment of bird of prophecy (ahianmwen-utioye). Bird with long curved beak holding pellet, concentric circle form eyes, head and neck covered with elliptical leaf shapes forming feathers.

Height 18.6 cm
Width 7 cm
Depth 10 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number 29792 - Dealer's Number

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