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commemorative head of an Iyoba (Queen Mother)
  • unknown Bini maker
  • commemorative head of an Iyoba (Queen Mother), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31.5 x 15.5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3026

The bust of Iyoba (Queen Mother) is traditionally represented with the conical headdress, bent slightly forward and decorated with a triangle pattern and many neckrings of stylized coral. Her garment is decorated with triangles and she is wearing three necklaces. The headdress has a long flap on either side and another on the back that hangs to the shoulders.