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Owujoto Bronze Head

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Owujoto Head

Benin-Culture, Nigeria
around 1800
23,5 cm

Edited in the net since february 2018
Memorial Head:

Evenly cleanly cast exterior and interior surfaces. Tiny corroding at the top of the perforated rim otherwise best possible condition. Very elegant face resting in itself. Vertical depression on the chin. Small discreet scarring on the forehead. Stepped hairstyle. On each side behind the ears a small braid reaching down to the base. Four rows of coral bands and another stylised border of coral beads at the plynthe.

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Sotheby's New York. 1986. Kopf Benin-Kultur. Age not mentioned. No provenience. € 683.904,-

Auktionshaus Koller. 2005. Kopf Benin-Kultur. Benin 17.-18. Jh. € 423.060,-

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Similar objects:  
Jos Museum, Nigeria
Philip J. C. DARK: An introduction to Benin art and technology, Oxford 1973, Tafel 22.
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British Museum, London
William B. FAGG: Bildwerke aus Nigeria, München 1963, S. 41.
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Nationalmuseum Lagos
Schätze aus Alt-Nigeria. Ministerium für Kultur, Berlin (Ost) 1985, S. 138.
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Ekpo EYO, Frank WILLETT: Kunstschätze aus Alt-Nigeria, Mainz 1983, S. 136.
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Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Grassimuseum
Kunst aus Benin. Afrikanische Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Hans Meyer, Grassimuseum, Leipzig 2002, S. 73.
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General Pitt Rivers's Museum at Farnham, Dorset
Augustus Henry PITT-RIVERS: Antique Works of Art from Benin, London 1900 (Reprint 1971), S. 31/ 35.