Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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priest figure
  • Bini peoples
  • priest figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31.5 x 10 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3023

The standing human figure is wearing a headdress and tunic or dress. The head is larger in scale than the body. The headdress has a harlequin pattern and a central point and two lateral blade-like extensions that curve slightly forward. There is a large rounded knob over the forehead. The tunic has undecorated cap sleeves and the body has raised vertical lines. The figure has no legs, but I am unsure if the exposed area under the striped garment is supposed to represent more clothing. The figure is holding an oblong object in front of his belly horizontally and there is a vertical object behind it.