Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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portrait head
  • unknown Bini maker
  • portrait head, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 x 10 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3143

The small scale human head has a large circular hole in the top. It has large eyes and a broad nose. There are two vertical scars in the center of the forehead and three scars at the corners of the mouth. The hairstyle or hat is decorated with a zigzag line. It is dark brown, but orange substrate is visible.