Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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oba head
  • unknown Bini maker
  • oba head, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30.5 x 21.5 x 25.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 x 8 7/16 x 10 1/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3043.a
Label Text

The head of an oba (king) has two faces. Each face is the same and has the same decoration. The top of the head is a net-like headdress with spiky projections. Vertical ridges, which may represent beaded strings, hang in front of both ears for both faces. The ears themselves are back to back. Both faces have three vertical scars above each eye and wear neckrings that start just below the bottom lips.

The large round hole in the head accomodates the tusk (2007.3043.b).