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Memorial head
On View In:
Gallery 250
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Memorial head  
Date:   1550-1650  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   11 1/2 x 8 11/16 x 8 5/16 in. (29.21 x 22.07 x 21.11 cm)  
Credit Line:   The John R. Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery 250  

Were they true to life, the high collar and netted hat of this royal memorial head would be a brilliant, beautiful red. They were made of coral beads imported from the Mediterranean Sea. And since the Benin king owned all the coral in his kingdom, its use in his outfit signified his far-reaching control of international trade. Each new Oba had a bronze head made to decorate the shrine honoring his deceased predecessor. The hole in the top of the head once held a carved elephant tusk—like the one in the case to your left—chronicling the exploits of the ancestor.

Artist/Creator(s)     
Name:   Artist Unknown  
 

Object Description  
  
Inscriptions:    
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   head (male) wearing thick collar up to lower lip; openwork caplike headdress with hanging braids and beaded cords around ears; two "beads" on forehead; flower-like beaded elements at temples--one at PR ear, two at PL ear; open circle at top of head  
Creation Place:   Africa, Nigeria, West Africa region, Benin Kingdom,  
Accession #:   2007.13  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts  

 


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