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Commemorative Head

Commemorative Head

Culture Group: Benin peoples
Culture: Benin
Date: 19th century (?)
Medium: Bronze, cylinder beads, bells, carved ivory tusk
Dimensions:
.A (bronze head): 8 x 5 7/8 x 4 inches (20.3 x 14.9 x 10.2 cm)
.C (carved ivory tusk): 6 7/8 x 9/16 x 9/16 inches (17.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of George C. and Cecilia DeGolyer McGhee
Label Text:Benin bronzes are cast in the lost wax method and vary greatly in quality. This is an extremely good casting with few flaws and well finished, they were housed in thepalace of the OBA, and also commissioned by influential citizens for their private altars. This one probably served in the later capacity. The ivory is similar to those used in divination suggesting the piece was originally made for a priest. A metalurgist has confirmed that the patina developed naturally as was not artificially induced as happens frequently with contemporary pieces
Object number: 1991.3.14
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