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“Inventing Utamaro� unveils dark truth behind Edo artist’s work

Creator:
Smithsonian Insider  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
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Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 30 May 2017 11:18:26 +0000
Topic:
Science  Search this
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edanmdm:posts_8aa64c9b05d180341bb58a64f3a6a523

Divination cup

Maker:
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 9.3 x 11.1 x 11.7 cm (3 11/16 x 4 3/8 x 4 5/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Benin kingdom, Nigeria
Date:
Mid-late 20th century
Topic:
Divination  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of William Brill
Object number:
75-32-14
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/ys7036611c7-1925-4594-87b3-fcbd603855e6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_75-32-14

Ceremonial sword

Object Name:
ada
Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Iron, copper alloy, wood
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 70.4 x 13.3 x 3.3 cm (27 11/16 x 5 1/4 x 1 5/16 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Late 19th century
Topic:
Leadership  Search this
Warfare  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Harold Rome
Object number:
80-21-54
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/ys7a052a2bd-1d79-44d5-949f-a0c0274d4ae6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_80-21-54

Commemorative head

Object Name:
uhumwelao
Maker:
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, coconut shell
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 40.3 x 20.3 x 21.3 cm (15 7/8 x 8 x 8 3/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Benin City, Nigeria
Date:
Early-mid 20th century
Topic:
Commemorative  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of an anonymous donor in memory of James F. Young
Object number:
82-4-1
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/ys78a900f2f-25b5-4374-96e3-0504e1461c04
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_82-4-1

Commemorative trophy head

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy, iron inlay
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 23.2 x 15.9 x 20 cm (9 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Late 15th-early 16th century
Topic:
Commemorative  Search this
foreigner  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
Object number:
82-5-2
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys71e1c3cda-0eda-42d9-9f04-3944c5999481
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_82-5-2

Plaque

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 45.6 x 35 x 8.9 cm (17 15/16 x 13 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to 17th century
Topic:
foreigner  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
Object number:
82-5-3
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
NMAfA, South Gallery (1141)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys74c15920c-e715-46d7-bf3d-99dd20bbe148
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_82-5-3

Commemorative head

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 9.8 x 7.3 x 8.2 cm (3 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
16th-19th century
Topic:
Commemorative  Search this
Ancestral  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7b147f338-8e2c-437c-9665-050538a451f0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-10

Altar stand

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
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
See more items in:
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

Figure of a king

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 41 x 17.1 x 15.2 cm (16 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
18th-19th century
Topic:
Ancestral  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
male  Search this
sheep  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7ac6cf3c4-f5ea-4a08-9f01-8a84d53c81c7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-12

Plaque

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 47 x 36.8 x 6 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 2 3/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to 17th century
Topic:
Status  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-13
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7dc255d11-63ab-4547-bcb5-419f3da9034e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-13

Vessel

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 28.9 x 18.4 x 19.4 cm (11 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-late 19th century
Topic:
snake  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-14
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7ddcfc8ee-fa5c-4873-9b3f-54bc14ef5837
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-14

Figure of a musketeer

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy, iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 51.4 x 14 x 16.2 cm (20 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Benin kingdom, Nigeria
Date:
19th century
Topic:
Shrine/Altar  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-15
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys769e4132d-d8a1-42c0-b0e9-5bd856296199
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-15

Commemorative head of a king

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy, iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 33 x 23.5 x 23.2 cm (13 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
18th century
Topic:
Commemorative  Search this
Ancestral  Search this
Status  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-16
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7f7603091-3fbd-4569-926b-9d46e326ce9f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-16

Pendant

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 17.5 x 14.9 x 5.4 cm (6 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 2 1/8 in.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to mid-17th century
Topic:
Leadership  Search this
Adornment  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-17
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys70b711f25-fc66-4958-9748-de3d2071fe00
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-17

Plaque

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 47 x 34.2 x 8.2 cm (18 1/2 x 13 7/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to 17th century
Topic:
foreigner  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
floral  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-18
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7ede0083c-cea9-4b6b-ad1b-f36d26f8c217
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-18

Plaque

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 46.7 x 33 x 5.1 cm (18 3/8 x 13 x 2 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to 17th century
Topic:
Status  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
floral  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-19
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7697ccc4c-6a64-4319-989b-9c55930092d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-19

Plaque

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 43.2 x 18.1 x 8.6 cm (17 x 7 1/8 x 3 3/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to 17th century
Topic:
Status  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
floral  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966
Object number:
85-19-2
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7f8e5046b-eb65-4819-9924-962c2ff00d52
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-2

Plaque

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 44.1 x 19.7 x 6 cm (17 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-16th to 17th century
Topic:
Status  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
floral  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-20
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys71153688d-3ea6-4cde-9fb2-3c92428bb81c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-20

Male figure

Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 19.1 x 10.8 x 7.9 cm (7 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
19th century
Topic:
Shrine/Altar  Search this
musical instrument  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-21
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys78f530b49-73f9-4cd6-8e7a-48a793e2fd0e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-21

Bell

Object Name:
erowo
Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy, iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 21.6 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm (8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
18th century
Topic:
Shrine/Altar  Search this
male  Search this
mask  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-22
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys78aa123f1-7398-4dc8-87d3-d49ac0f17cd9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-22

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