Research Notes: The Dumas-Egerton Collection, of which this is part, was examined by Hermione Waterfield of Christie's in May 1984; see 'Part of the Nigerian Art Collected by Admiral Sir George Le Cler[c] Egerton on the Benin Expedition of 1897 on Deposit at Maidstone Museum' (copy in RDF). The entry for this object reads: 'A Benin armlet cast with eight bands of alternating crossed paired mudfish and Portuguese heads with semi-circular hats, on a trailing foliage ground.' [JC 23 1 2002]
Examined by Hermione Waterfield on 29 January 2002. In an e-mail (not kept) of 30 January to Jeremy Coote, she pointed out how items with gilding can be dated to 'the period of the revival, i.e. 1680-1730', and that this item belongs to that period. [JC 30 1 2002]
Archaological / Ethnographic
Archival documentation ID
Class: Ornament; Class: Figure
Related collection: Field diary and photocopy of relevant sections of the collector's personal diary in PRM MS collections.