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shrine

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1950,45.331

  • Description

    Painted shrine comprising cane screen in wood frame, containing three wood figures of which two hold weapons; four additional wood human heads inserted into top of screen.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 127 centimetres
    • Width: 94 centimetres
    • Depth: 40.6 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Part letters given in Register (a) frame,screen and figures; (b-e) 4 heads; (f-h) weapons; (i) not stated.

    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'.
    The photograph which resembles this piece was published by Talbot in 'The Peoples of Southern Nigeria, Vol. II (1926) fig. 71.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2007-2008 Apr-Oct, Bristol, Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Slavery, Abolition and the Making of Modern Britain

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1950

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1950,45.331

  • Additional IDs

    • Af1950A45.331a-j (old CDMS no.)

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