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shrine

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1950,45.332

  • Description

    Shrine comprising cane screen within wood frame, with wood figures and with wood human heads attached on top.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 114.3 centimetres
    • Width: 87.6 centimetres
    • Depth: 39.4 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Register gives part-letters "a-k" but with "a-m" shown on Register drawing.

    See Ethdoc 267 which consists of six photographs of Kalabari screens taken by Talbot. These bear considerable similarities to five screens now in the BM (Af 1950,45.331, 332, 333, 333a, 334) and one in the Pitt Rivers Museum (1916,45.183), although there are also marked differences. Nigel Barley in 'Foreheads of the Dead' (1988) comments (p.48) that the photographs 'appear to have been taken on the lawn of the British Consulate in Degema, where the screens were moved after being given to [Talbot]. The photographs raise the suspicion that detachable pieces have been redistributed randomly'.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    1995-96, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 8), 'Play and Display: Masquerades of Southern Nigeria'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1950

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1950,45.332

  • Additional IDs

    • Af1950A45.332a-k (old CDMS no.)

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