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bronze portrait head
  • Ife peoples
  • bronze portrait head, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Ife, Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 13 x 14 cm width is ear to ear; depth is lip to back of head
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/2 in width is ear to ear; depth is lip to back of head
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1268
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Description

The portrait head is about 2/3 life-size and depicts a face with even, regular vertical scarification, ending at the chin. The "hairline" is a ridge, above which the surface is smooth, except for circles spaced about one inch apart. There are also six circles above the upper lip. There is a large hole through the crown of the head.