Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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oba figure
  • unknown Bini maker
  • oba figure, late 1800s–mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23.5 x 8 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2988

The standing figure of an oba, or king is wearing a headdress with a tall central point, and two slighly shorter elements to either side that curve forward and the left side has a long dangling decoration that goes to his hip. He is wearing neckrings and a tunic in a harlequin pattern of stylized coral beads. His left arm is at his side and his right arm is bent at the elbow holding an eben (sword) vertically.

He has skinny legs, no feet, and stands on a square base.