- Museum number
- Series: Lower Niger Bronzes
Bell form; lost wac cast in copper alloy; elliptical cross-section; small looped strap handle, rounded shoulders, slightly waisted and flared sides. Iron clapper attached to a hole at teh top with chain. Shoulders decorated with low-releif geometric motifs.
- Production date
- 19thC (?)
Height: 21.80 centimetres
Weight: 852 grammes
Width: 12.60 centimetres
Depth: 10.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
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.
W.H.M.M. flimsy card: "Made by the Agbaja many years ago before the adent of the European. the Agbaja are the class of Igbo people who have Ichi marks from their face right down to their neck."
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 120403 (Wellcome Collection Number)