University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-93-22
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Edo (Africa)
Provenience: Nigeria
Benin Kingdom
Date Made: 16th - 18th century
Length: 31cm
Credit Line:Purchased from the Estate of George Byron Gordon, 1929
Other Number127 - Other Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

African Gallery (1987 - 1994)View Objects in Exhibition
African Gallery ( Aug 1995)View Objects in Exhibition
Iyare: Splendor and Tension in Benin's Palace Theater (01 Nov 2008 - 01 Mar 2009)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue, Exhibition] Curnow, Kathy. 2016. Iyare! Splendor and Tension In Benin's Palace Theatre. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 150View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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