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
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 14 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3038
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. The torso is very elongated, with elongated breasts and the chest is marked with scars and a prominent navel. The arms are long and skinny, holding a baby with a horn in its mouth. She appears to be wearing a skirt decorated with raised lines. There are two small projections with two faces emerging from the skirt above a hollow cylinder on a narrow stem with two more projections.