Two bell forms on a long handle; large bell carved with 3 figures: chief standing with arms upheld by attendants; background is elaborately carved with curved interlocking pattern, small bells or facsimiles of same run-up sides of sisturn and along top; one side of top has projecting human figure, on top of small bell is an alligator head holding a human hand. Base is geometrically carved. Large bell originally showed mudfish figure and snake-wing bird.
Until 1897, Benin Kingdom; 1897, taken from the Royal Palace during the British military raid and occupation of Benin City by Dr. Felix Norman Roth; 1898, collection of Henry Ling Roth, Halifax, England; October 2, 1898, purchased from Henry Ling Roth by Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers, Dorset, England; 1898-1958, collection of the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Dorset, England; 1958, purchased from the Pitt-Rivers Museum by Mathais Komor, New York; October 8, 1958, purchased from Mathias Komor by the Brooklyn Museum.
Exhibition HistoryExhibition History
Brooklyn Museum, "Double Take: African Innovations," Long-term Installation, October 29, 2014 - March 19, 2017. Brooklyn Museum, "African Innovations," Long-term Installation, August 12, 2011 - September 28, 2014. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, "Iyare: Playing the Palace Theater," November 1, 2008 - March 1, 2009. Brooklyn Museum, “Arts of Africa,” Long-term Installation, May 24, 2001 - June 26, 2011. Brooklyn Museum, "Arts of Africa," Long-term Installation, March 9, 1995 - 2001. Brooklyn Museum, Long-term Installation, 1976 - 1982.
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