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Cast; human head made of plaster. Head is about life size and has a lozenge shaped hole in top. Face has narrow vertical striations throughout. Small eyes and full, slightly parted lips. Two lines of holes run from ear to ear above and below chin. Further double line of holes across upper lip. Single line of holes follows hairline. Head is painted to correspond to patination of metal on original. Neck is pierced with four holes: at sides, front and back. Inside of cast painted green-black. Number '8' painted in white on inside.
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Height: 32.40 centimetres
Width: 17.30 centimetres
Depth: 24.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In 1938-9 five cast copper and twelve cast brass human heads and one part figure were discovered during building works in Wunmonije Compound close to the Ooni's palace at Ife, Nigeria. Three of the heads are less than life size and are portrayed with crowns; the other fourteen heads are life size and are pierced with holes around the neck.
This cast was taken from the original head (Willett, 2004: M17) which is made of heavily leaded zinc-brass. The head was discovered in the second group at Wunmonije and was purchased in 1938 along with CRS.10 (Willett, 2004: M3) by William R. Bascom, a research student from Northwestern University, Illinois, who was based in Ife at the time. Bascom subsequently returned both of these heads to Nigeria as a gift in 1950.
The original head was in the collections of the National Museum Ife originally numbered Ife 20, re-numbered 38.1.3. It was stolen on 11 or 12 November 1994.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007-2019 1 Oct - 5 Oct, London, Museum in Docklands, London, Sugar and Slavery
- Good condition. Base of cast has slightly abraded surface; paint has been removed in places.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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