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male edan ogboni
  • Ondo peoples
  • male edan ogboni, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: East Oyo, Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Diameter: 24.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 5/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0216

This figure is a human head with a striped conical cap topped with a loop. There are scarification patterns on the forehead and cheeks. He has a broad nose and the eyes appear closed. The head sits on a long rod-like neck with raised decoration and incised lines. There is a spike below the neck used to insert the figure into the ground.

Edan figures are normally paired, so this would have gone with a female originally.