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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary



Handle for Ogboni Ceremonial Sword

Late 19th century - Early 20th century
Copper alloy metal and wood

9 7/16 in. x 1 9/16 in. x 2 9/16 in. (24 cm x 4 cm x 6.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.107
Other Number(s): 83 (173) (Neufeld Collection Number)
173 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria, Southwestern Nigeria, Abeokuta
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Ogboni, Yoruba, Nigeria, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • casting - The act or process of making casts or of shaping in a mold; usually refers to pouring liquid material into a mold, as distinguished from pressing a material into a mold, for which prefer "molding."
  • edan - Twinned brass images, one male, the other female, joined by a chain, usually around the neck. The edan serve as a main sculptural form of the Yoruba Ogboni secret society in Africa.
  • metal - Any of a large group of substances that typically show a characteristic luster, are good conductors of electricity and heat, are opaque, can be fused, and are usually malleable or ductile.
  • Nigerian
  • statues - Sculpture in the round, usually but not always depicting humans, animals, mythical beings, or small figure groups. Statues are relatively large in scale, being life-size, larger than life-size, or only slightly smaller than life-size. For small-scale representations of humans, animals, or mythical beings, use "figurines," "statuettes," or another appropriate term. For depictions of humans, animals, or mythical beings in media other than sculpture, use "figures (representations)."
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
  • Yoruba

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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996


Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 173

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. African Weapons: Knives, Daggers, Swords, Axes, Throwing Knives (Passau: Prinz-Verlag, 1978), 14. Figure Number: 4, 4a
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0105732.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0105704.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0105703.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0105720.
  • "Fowler Museum at UCLA Online Collections." (Accessed April 7, 2020): https://www.fowler.ucla.edu/collections/home/. Accession No.: X65.4742.
  • "Fowler Museum at UCLA Online Collections." (Accessed April 7, 2020): https://www.fowler.ucla.edu/collections/home/. Accession No.: X65-8238.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 242-244.
  • Janet Stanley, "African Art and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus." Museum Studies Journal 2, no. 2 (1986): 48, Figure Number: 4.
  • Tom Phillips, ed. Africa: The Art of a Continent (Munich; London; New York: Prestel Verlag and Royal Academy of Arts, 1999), 234-235, 416-417.
  • Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. African Weapons: Knives, Daggers, Swords, Axes, Throwing Knives (Passau: Prinz-Verlag, 1978), 14-15. Figure Number: 4, 4a
  • Stefan Eisenhofer, ed. Kulte, Künstler, Könige in Afrika: Tradition und Moderne in Südnigeria (Linz, Austria: des Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseums, 1977), 218-231.
  • Hans Witte, Earth and the Ancestors: Ogboni Iconography (Amsterdam: Gallery Balolu, 1988),

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