Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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portrait head
  • unknown Ife maker
  • portrait head, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern Nigeria
  • ceramic, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 x 15 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C2
  • 2007.3111

The ceramic portrait head has a wedge shaped hole. The face is scarred with vertical lines directed toward the mouth and the more lateral lines travel under the mouth and across the chin. The close fitting hat has small circles around the perimeter. The hat in front of the wedge shaped hole is decorated with a large scale zigzag. The hat behind the wedge shaped hole is decorated with crosshatching.