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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Commemorative head of an oba (king) made of cast brass. Depicted with representations of coral bead regalia in the form of a deep collar, openwork cap, strings of beads at sides and a large bead in the centre of the forehead. The eyes are inlaid with iron.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1550-1650
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28 centimetres
    • Width: 21 centimetres
    • Depth: 20 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Read & Dalton 1899:
    "Pedestal in form of a human head, with a circular hole at the top, and cap of beadwork on the front of which are larger beads, while bead pendants hang from the sides. The chin is covered by a high bead collar, as Af1897,1217.1. On each eyebrow are three cicatrices, and the pupils of the eyes are of iron."


  • Bibliography

    • Read & Dalton 1899 pl IX.6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G25/dc6

  • Exhibition history

    1970-1973, London, Museum of Mankind, Divine Kingship in Africa
    1991 Feb-Apr, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Man and Metal in Ancient Nigeria
    1993-1997, London, Museum of Mankind, Great Benin: a West African Kingdom

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired during the Benin Puntive Expedition in 1897.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Cast bronze tusk-stand in the form of a human head.  The eyes are inlaid with iron.

Cast bronze tusk-stand in the form of a human head. The eyes are inlaid with iron.

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