The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
Pyramidal bells like these were worn by Benin warriors as emblems of prestige and high rank. Mudfish, symbol of the oba (king) and his connection with the seagod Olokun appear in the corners of this lattice work bell and the face of the oba is displayed in the center.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 25, ill.