University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 65-42-1
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Edo (Africa)
Provenience: Nigeria
Benin Kingdom
Copper Alloy
Technique:Lost wax casting
Height: 16cm
Outside Diameter:11.2cm
Credit Line:Gift of Margaret (Mrs. Webster) Plass, 1965


Solid cylinder of dark wood, sides with motfs of the hand in relief. Altar of a man's own hand, ikegobo (ikega obo), of the simplest type, without the separate platform on which the more elaborate ones stand. See R.E. Bradbury's important article on ikegobo in Man, c. 1961-2. Round the sides, reading clockwise from a point nearest to the projection, are a leopard or crocodile head (?), 2 kola nuts, a left hand, a beaker (2 kola nuts, a duiker horn, and a left hand.

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