Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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portrait head
  • unknown Ife maker
  • portrait head, late 1800s–mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Ife, Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 16 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 6 1/4 x 7 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2991

The brass head has a face that is nearly covered with vertical striations and scars, oriented toward the mouth. The eyes are open, but no iris or pupil is evident and there are no eyebrows or lashes. There is a wedge shaped head covering, edged with small round divots. The hat also has an allover pattern.