- Museum number
- Series: Lower Niger Bronzes
Knife blade; curved with three holes below tang; decorated on both sides with linear and zig-zag incisions along length.
- Production date
- 10th-16thC (Circa)
Height: 0.30 centimetres
Weight: 113 grammes
Width: 30.80 centimetres
Depth: 5.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The acquisition register for Af1909,0811.1 to 16 records that all 16 items were 'discovered in the earth on the Forcados River, southern Nigeria”. They were all given by Lady MacDonald with an address in the British Embassy in Tokyo.
The term 'Lower Niger Bronze Industry' was created and first used by William Buller Fagg (1957, 1963, 1970) to identify a miscellaneous group of lost-wax cast objects which were stylistically and/or iconographically distinct from Igbo-Ukwu, Ife and Benin City pieces. The objects are associated with various locations in southern Nigeria, south of the confluence of Benue and Niger Rivers and between the borders with the Republic of Benin and Cameroon. They are thought to have been made prior to European contact, circa pre-1500 A.D. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Lower Niger Bronze Industries’ or 'Lower Niger Bronzes'.
Fagg, William B. (1957) ‘Introduction’. In Plass, Margaret. Lost wax; metal casting on the Guinea Coast. London: London Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Fagg, William. (1963). Nigerian images: The splendor of African sculpture. New York ; London: Praeger.
Fagg, William. (1970) Divine Kingship in Africa. London: Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Publications.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See Collection File Af1909,0811
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number