- Museum number
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.
- Production date
Height: 28 centimetres
Weight: 8.80 kilograms
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."
- 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 date
- Acquisition notes
- Looted during the British Expedition to Benin City in 1897.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number