Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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rooster figure
  • unknown Bini maker
  • rooster figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 43.5 x 15.5 x 37 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 17 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 14 9/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3048

The brass rooster is on a square base. He has a small head but large waddle and comb. The body is covered with stylized feathers, ovoid ones for the body and striped ones for the wings. The legs are very long and are also covered with stylized feathers at the top and skin texure at the bottom. There are prominent spurs on the feet. The tail has two drooping feathers, and the remainder are directed up and back. There is a large square hole at the back.

The base is decorated with a diamond pattern.