Location: On Display in the Africa Galleries

From: Nigeria | Benin Kingdom

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF5081
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 Human Head

Representation of the Ọba. Wearing a beaded crown with flower-shaped ornaments and two projections at the sides, beaed extension that project forward at eye level, single large bead hangs from center lower rim of crown, braids decorated with beads hang from sides and back, "V" shaped decoration beneath each eye. Wearing an (odigba) stacked beaded collar from neck to lower lip . Flang at base has in flat relief an elephant trunk ending in human hand cluching leaves, rams head, and thunderbolt on guilloche pattern.

Height 44.7 cm
Outside Diameter 29 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1921

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