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set of four door panels
  • Nupe peoples
  • set of four door panels, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, clay, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 1) 166 x 27.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 1) 65 3/8 x 10 13/16 x 2 3/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2) 164.5 x 24.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2) 64 3/4 x 9 5/8 x 2 1/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3) 164.5 x 23.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3) 64 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 2 1/2 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4) 165 x 35.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4) 64 15/16 x 14 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3116.01-4
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The set of four narrow door panels were probably joined at one time. They are medium brown and are carved with low relief designs.

2007.3116.01 is a rectangle filled with zigzags, and a bar extending below on the facing left. It has an upside down padlock shape, decorated with a harlequin pattern. It has a stylized four-legged animal with long ears. The body is decorated with diamonds separated by wide bars with grooves. The tail has a triangle at the end and the entire animal is oriented longitudinally on the door. There are two raised square outlines. The bottom design is an ostrich-like bird. The long neck is decorated with diagonal lines, and the body is decorated with a harlequin pattern.

2007.3116.02 has a bird at the top and bottom of the door panel with a neck and tail of similar length, each decorated with diagonal lines, and the body is decorated with a harlequin pattern. Each of these birds are oriented so their head is at the top or bottom of the panel. The majority of the panel is occupied by two crocodiles, facing away from each other with their tails entiwined. The legs are decorated with diagonal lines and the body with a diamond pattern separated by wide bars with grooves.

2007.3116.03: The top of the panel has two leaf-like designs, decorated with diagonal lines. The majority of the panel is occupied by a snake, decorated in a harlequin pattern. There is a cross-like design of triangles and a diamond, decorated with diagonal lines. The bottom design is a four-legged animal, in profile, with a triangular head and long tail. The body is decorated with a harlequin pattern.

2007.3116.04: The top design is a turtle or tortoise, a round body with four relatively long legs. The shell is decorated with a diamond pattern separated by wide bars with grooves, and the legs are decorated with horizontal lines.The next design is a square, decorated with diagonal rows of a 3-D sawtooth pattern. There is a pointed oval with a semicircle at the far end on one side of this square. The next design is a pair of "C's" made of triangles and semicircles, then a circle and triangle, then a pair of rectangle-like shapes with concave long sides and convex ends, filled with a harlequin pattern. A sword fills the space along these last three elements. It is a short cross-like shape, with a solid center of diagonal rows with a 3-D sawtooth pattern and open arms around it. The bottom design is a four-legged animal with a pointed snout and long tail that curves around the top of the cross. The body is decorated with diagonal lines, the legs and tail with horizontal lines.