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oba (king) figure
  • Bini peoples
  • oba (king) figure, mid-late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • bronze
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 9 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 3 1/2 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Delbert and Carol Shankel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1266
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Description

This is a cast brass bust of an Oba, a generic representation of a king. The face has exaggerated lips and a broad nose. The headdress has a diamond pattern of stylized coral beads with three vertical projections, a cylinder in the center and a blade-like projection on either side, curling forward. There are three bands that extend down, over the figure's neck. Two horn-like projections at the temple wrap around the sides of the forehead. There are two strips hanging down from the base of both of these horn-like projections. The figure is wearing neckrings, and a garment with a harlequin pattern, both of stylized coral beads.