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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pectoral mask, made of cast brass in the form of a ram's head with pendant bells.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC (?)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43 centimetres
    • Width: 35 centimetres
    • Depth: 6 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This ram's head, made to be worn hanging around the neck, forms part of an extensive hoard of brasswork unearthed in Apapa, Lagos in 1907. In the sixteenth century, Lagos was included in the Benin Empire and still seems to have owed some form of fealty in the nineteenth century. It has been suggested that this piece may have been made in the Yoruba kingdom of Owo, also a vassal of Benin. Similar pieces are known from Benin City.


  • Bibliography

    • Joyce 1930 pl. XVII; p.30 (note 29) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G25/dc7

  • Exhibition history

    1991 Feb-Apr, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Man and Metal in Ancient Nigeria

  • Condition


  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The vendor acquired this collection from 'a native of Apapa who found them with some old pots while digging a water hole'.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Breast plate, pectoral (with ram's head, and pendant bells) made of bronze.

Breast plate, pectoral (with ram's head, and pendant bells) made of bronze.

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