Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bust of Oba Ozolua
  • Bini peoples
  • bust of Oba Ozolua, 1977
  • Where object was made: Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
  • bronze
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 18.5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift from His Excellency Commodore Haussaini Abdullahi to the University of Kansas
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3025

The bronze bust of an Oba (king) is identified as Oba Ozolua. The headdress has a woven diamond pattern with a tall central projection, decorated with grooves and four projections near the top. There are two lateral blade-like projections made from short metal bars curving slightly forward. He is wearing a large necklace with three more below and a diamond patterned garment. The garment and headdress depict stylized coral beads.