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shrine figure

World Cultures

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Collection World Cultures, Africa
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (Africa) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Bedford, Frederick George Denham
EventsBrass River Expedition, 1895

Object details:

Object ID AAA2816
Description Human figure carved from a single piece of wood. It is wearing a top hat and and a necklace of blue beads. It holds a wooden machete attached with a nail. The figure probably represents the spirit of an ancestor. Gods and spirits were represented in material form to fix them in an earthly place where they could be worshipped. Subsequently, they might be replaced and thrown way or be neglected by their worshippers. The European hat was a symbol of high status worn by chiefs and the figure would also have been originally dressed in a fabric skirt.
Date made Before 1895

Place made Ewoama, Nigeria
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood
Measurements Overall: 970 x 250 x 185 mm
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