Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ogboni figure
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • ogboni figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass, casting
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57.5 x 9 x 11 cm base not included in measurements
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 4 5/16 in base not included in measurements
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3037
Label Text

The tall narrow figure is possibly seated. It has a human head with stylized curled hair. The face is flattened with widely spaced and slanted eyes, a ridged nose and a triangle on the forehead. She has a long skinny horn hanging from her mouth. The torso is very elongated, with small breasts and the chest is marked with scars and a prominent navel. The arms are long and skinny, holding a tube above the navel. She appears to be wearing a skirt decorated with raised lines. There are two small projections with leaf-like raised decoration emerging from the skirt above a hollow cylinder on a narrow stem with two more projections.