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Figure: Male Warrior
Plaque Fragment: Warrior Chief
Figure: Ram's Head
Figure Fragment: Leopard Head
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 352
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.
Sir Jacob Epstein, London; [John J. Klejman, New York, until 1964]; Alice K. Bache, New York, 1964–(d.) 1977
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