Edo 'kings' or Obas wore ivory armlets and bracelets at ceremonies. This armlet is decorated with the carved heads of Portuguese traders with long noses, flowing hair and beards, which probably signalled the Oba's access to foreign sources of wealth and power. Like brass and coral, ivory does not decay easily in the tropical environment and so was used in Edo royal regalia to emphasise the permanence and continuity of the ruling dynasty.
1. Possible numbering problem: Listed in reference manual for the Centenary Gallery as 3481a. When decanted, check what number it is marked with. Jennings, Rachel; 2016-04-11.
2. A59 is a duplicate of this record
3. The register indicates that these objects are the same as A58 and 59, part of Mr Hilder's collection of Benin Curios taken from the King's Palace shortly before destruction in 1897, see both register pages for more detailed provenance information
4. Hider 4-1897