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oba figure
  • unknown Bini maker
  • oba figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28.5 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3024

The seated male figure, represents an oba (king). He is wearing a headdress with a harlequin pattern of stylized coral beads. There is a tall pointed element in the top middle, and two blade-like projections that curve slightly forward. Long string-like decorations dangle in front of the ears. His garment appears to be a long sleeved dress or tunic with a harlequin pattern of stylized coral beads. He has a large necklace or collar and a cluster of unidentified objects hung around his neck in front of his belly. His arms are bent, and rest on his belly.