- Museum number
- Object: Moko Jumbie
Steel sculpture; female figure of a stilt-walker (Moko Jumbie). Figure has articulated limbs, painted black. Wears a loincloth composed of plastic and synthetic fibres, shoulder pieces made from nylon netting and gold-sprayed metal breast ornaments. Openwork copper pipe skirt soldered together and hooked onto waist of figure. Numerous composite objects attached to figure including wooden masks and comb; metal bells, keys and toy aeroplane; plastic ornaments sprayed gold; textile decorations. Figure wears gold-sprayed leather and synthetic trainers with toes exposed. Wooden mask with attached vertical headdress made of strips of sheet metal sprayed gold with multiple small metal objects attached including keys, figures, chains, and bells. Wings secured to back of figure, sprayed black and gold. Figure has spiral copper armlet on right proper arm.
- Production date
- On display (G25/od)
- Exhibition history
2015 28 July - 13 September, London, British Museum, Great Court, Celebrating Africa
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Trinidad and Tobago carnival
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The two Moko Jumbie figures in this collection (2015,2024.1-2) were commissioned by the British Museum from the British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové in May 2015 and acquired in July 2015. They were purchased with generous funding from the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) and with additional contributions from the Vigo Gallery (representing Zak Ové) and the artist.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number