- Museum number
- Lower Niger Bronzes
Bell; made of bronze; in the form of human head with loop at top for suspending bell; round clapper hangs on chain from metal loop inside bell.
Height: 16.50 centimetres
Weight: 563 grammes
Width: 7.80 centimetres
Depth: 7.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The term ‘Lower Niger Bronze Industry’ was created and first used by William Buller Fagg (1957, 1973, 1990) 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
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number