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Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W: 24.4 x 23.5 cm (9 5/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
18th-19th century
Label Text:
This object possibly supported an ivory tusk on an altar. The depiction of four female figures holding gongs suggests an association with an iyoba, or queen mother. Two figures strike bird gongs, which symbolize the infallibility of the oba.
Description:
Cast copper alloy cylindrical stand with a hole on the top and base flange. Attached on the sides are two female figures playing bird gongs, and two with gongs. The figures are seperated by incised panels of interlace patterns.
Provenance:
Benin Punitive Expedition, 1897
Dr. J.P. Howe, 1897 to 1934
Capt. J.S. Howe, 1934 to 1961
Sotheby and Co. auction, London, November 20, 1961
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1961 to 1966
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1966 to 1985
Published References:
Freyer, Bryna. 1987. Royal Benin Art in the Collection of the National Museum of African Art. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, no. 10.
Topic:
Shrine/Altar  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
geometric motif  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7d5c4a130-118a-412c-90f5-8afd0a6ed3a8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-11