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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary

Agba Ogboni (Drum)

Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
Carved and incised wood and animal skin

19 5/16 in. x 19 5/16 in. x 12 3/16 in. (49 cm x 49 cm x 30.9 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2003.27.1
Other Number(s): King Collection TN-3 (Temporary Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria, Southwestern Nigeria
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Musical Instruments & Sound-making Implements
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: King 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.
  • drums - Membranophones with a resonating cavity covered at one or both ends by a membrane, which is sounded by striking, rubbing, or plucking.
  • 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.
  • mudfishes - General term for fish of various species in various orders that live in mud, whether marine, estuarine, or freshwater.
  • Nigerian
  • sacred objects - Broadly, ceremonial objects that retain their sacredness in their present context. Sometimes defined more narrowly as only those needed by a present-day culture to practice their religion. For objects that are used primarily for a religious ceremony or function, but are not necessarily in themselves considered sacred, use "religious objects."
  • 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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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

  • Owner Name: Bruce and Adele King, in memory of Nicole M. King, Class of 1986
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased in Ibadan, Nigeria from house to house traders
    Ownership Start Date: 1962-1964
    Ownership End Date: June 6, 2003

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0179645.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • J. R. O. Ojo, "Ogboni Drums." African Arts 6, no. 3 (Spring 1973): 50-52, Figure Number: 1, 2, 4.
  • "The Saleroom: Auctions Online." (Accessed April 1, 2020): Lot 55; 15 Jun 2016 14:00 CEST.
  • "Dorotheum Online Auctions." (Accessed April 1, 2020): Lot 62, March 24, 2014.
  • John Pemberton, "Eshu-Elegba: The Yoruba Trickster God." African Arts 9, no.1 (October 1975): 27.
  • "The Cleveland Museum of Art Online Collections." (Accessed May 18, 2020): Accession No.: 1975.159.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0105480.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • John Pemberton, "Eshu-Elegba: The Yoruba Trickster God." African Arts 9, no.1 (October 1975): 69-70.
  • Henry John Drewal and John Pemberton, III. "Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought." African Arts 23, no. 1 (November 1989): 132, Figure Number: 143.
  • J. R. O. Ojo, "Ogboni Drums." African Arts 6, no. 3 (Spring 1973): 50-52, 84.
  • "Dorotheum Online Auctions." (Accessed April 1, 2020): Lot 62 March 24, 2014.
  • Hans Witte, Earth and the Ancestors: Ogboni Iconography (Amsterdam: Gallery Balolu, 1988),

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