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'Trophy' head; hollow with large opening in top of head. Made of leaded bronze; lost-wax cast. Naturalistic facial features; two vertical incisions between the eyebrows inlaid with iron. Four raised vertical scarification marks above each eye. Tiered hairstyle, coral bead collar below chin.
- Production date
- 15thC(late)-17thC(early) (?)
Height: 21 centimetres
Weight: 2255 grammes
Width: 15.80 centimetres
Depth: 19.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Read & Dalton 1899:
Human head, with the hair dressed in overlapping layers, and with a close-fitting collar of beads. On each eyebrow are four vertical cicatrices, and between these two longer vertical apertures which have been inlaid, probably with iron.
The skill with which the casting has been done is remarkable, the metal being unusually thin.
Note- Af1897,1217.1,2 and 3 are not made of iron as stated in The Studio, Vol XV., p. 178, December 1898; Int. Archiv für Ethnographie, Vol. XI. (1898),p 237, but of bronze, like No. 4.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1970-1973, London, Museum of Mankind, Divine Kingship in Africa
2000-2001 Dec-Feb, BM, Human Image
2003 Oct, Japan, Setagaya Art Museum, Art and Memory
2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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