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commemorative head of an Iyoba (Queen Mother)
  • unknown Bini maker
  • commemorative head of an Iyoba (Queen Mother), late 1800s–mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • bronze
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 39.5 x 15 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2990
Label Text

The head of an Iyoba, or Queen Mother wears the traditional pointed headdress covered with a net-like design and oriented forward. There are four fringes that hang in front of each ear and fringes around the back of the headdress. She appears to have a row of vertical scars on her forehead. She is wearing neckrings.