Quantcast
Videos ()
Nelson A. Rockefeller and His Daughter Mary Morgan on His Collecting

Close

Head of an Oba

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Nigeria, Court of Benin
Culture:
Edo peoples
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
H. 13 x Diam. 11 1/4 in. (33 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.187.37
  • Description

    In honoring the royal ancestors, the cast-brass heads refer to the special role of the head in directing not only the body but also a person's success in life. Taken further, the welfare of the entire kingdom depends upon the king's head, which is itself the object of worship. The placement of brass heads on the ancestral altar is a vivid reminder of the oba's role in successfully guiding the kingdom throughout his reign.

  • Provenance

    Sir Jacob Epstein, London; [John J. Klejman, New York, until 1964]; Alice K. Bache, New York, 1964–(d.) 1977

310283

Close