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  • Description

    Cast bronze tusk-stand in the form of a human head. The eyes are inlaid with iron.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35.5 centimetres
    • Width: 24.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 26 centimetres
    • Weight: 18.8 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    Read & Dalton 1899:
    Pedestal in the form of a human head, with a circular hole in the top, and a cap of beadwork, from the sides of which project two curved wings and two horn-like objects in front of the face. A high bead collar covers the chin, and the sides and back of the head are partially covered by pendant plaits and strings of beads. Over each eyebrow are three cicatrices and a longer band, the latter like the pupils of the eyes, inlaid with iron. A flange projects round the base upon which are various symbolic objects in relief. In front is a cow’s head between two polished axe-heads and two elephant heads with human arms for trunks. At the back is another axe-head between two rudely executed masks beyond which are two fish and another cow’s head.
    Note- Af1897,1217.1,2 and 3 are not made of iron as stated in The Studio, Vol XV., p. 178, December 1898; Int. Archiv für Ethnographie, Vol. XI. (1898),p 237, but of bronze, like No. 4.

    Purchased 1898.


  • Bibliography

    • Read & Dalton 1899 pl IX.V bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 1970-1973, London, Museum of Mankind, Divine Kingship in Africa 1997-1998 Sep-Jan, Osaka, National Museum of Ethnology, Images of Other Cultures 1998, Feb-Apr, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Images of Other Cultures
    2015-2016 4 Dec-27 Mar, Korea, Seoul Arts Centre, Human Image

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Head figure (cast), stand (for tusk) made of bronze, iron.

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Head figure (cast), stand (for tusk) made of bronze, iron.

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