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oba figure
  • unknown Bini maker
  • oba figure, 1980
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • bronze, casting
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 x 8 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.052

Standing human figure, identified as an oba, cast in bronze. The figure wears a headdress or helmet that has a single projection in the center flanked by two flat projections on either side, rounded at the top. In his proper right hand, he holds a wide sword with a loop at the bottom of the handle. He wears several rings around the neck and a long tunic in a diagonal check pattern and several necklaces down the front. He has very small legs and there is a flat base attached at the feet.