Hip Ornament Representing the Head of a Benin Court Official

Edo people, Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa

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attributed to the early 18th century

Brass and iron

Overall: 8 in. (20.32 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through gifts from the Lathrop Fellows

999.42.33929

Geography/Culture

Africa, Western Africa, Nigeria

Period

1600-1800

Object Name

Mask

Classification

Africa

On view

Course History

SART 65, Architecture I, Zenovia Toloudi, Spring 2015

Exhibition History

The Beauty of the Bronze: Selections from the Hood Museum of Art, Gene Y. Kim Class of 1985 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 13, 2012-March 18, 2014.

Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 15, 1999- August 1, 2000.

Introduction to the History of Art II, 1500 to present, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, ArtH2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 24-March 14, 2004.

Art That Lives? Exploring Figural Art from Africa, Allvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 25, 2009-July 2010.

Publication History

General Pitt-Rivers, Antique Works of Art from Benin, first published in London, 1900 (privately printed), reprinted by Hacker Art Books, Inc., New York, 1971, ill. p. 42, fig. 126-127.

Barbara Thompson, "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," African Arts, Volume XXXVII, No. 2, Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of California, 2004, ill. p. 28.

Alexander Bortolot, Art That Lives? Exploring Figural Art from Africa, Hood Mueum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009, ill. p. 5, p. 20, no. 14.

Provenance

Collected by the British Punitive Expedition, in 1897; Pitt-River Museum, Farnham, Dorset, England; John Hewitt, England; Merton Simpson Gallery, New York; Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, Michigan; Robert and Judith Weston, Detroit; Julian Kaplin, Toledo, Ohio; Estate of Julian Kaplin, Toledo, Ohio; Donald Morris Galery, New York and Michigan.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete.

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