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unknown Edo

Oduduwa Mask Hip Pendant

Likely 1960 - 1965, after original of Late16th century - Mid 19th century
Copper alloy
State: Copy of Af1983,20.1 in the British Museum

8 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (20.96 cm x 13.97 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.6.16
Other Number(s): P30 (Plass Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Edo, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Plass Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • casts - Sculptural works or reproductions made by casting. In industrial and building trade contexts, prefer "castings."
  • copies - Works that strongly resemble or reproduce the appearance or content of original existing objects. Implies less precise and faithful imitation than does the term "reproductions." When copies are presented with intent to deceive, use "forgeries" or "counterfeits." When more than one similar work is produced by the same maker, use "replicas" or the narrower concept, "versions."
  • copper alloy - Alloy in which copper is the principle element.
  • Edo - Refers to the style and culture of Edo-speaking peoples living in Nigeria's Bendel state outside Benin City. While their languages are related, they are not all mutually intelligible. The Edo, however, all trace their origins to the Kingdom of Benin. Their ancestors migrated from Benin in a series of waves between the 9th and 18th centuries. These migrants intermixed with indigenous peoples and other settlers from neighboring areas, thus the arts of these peoples reflect a complex history of migration and cultural borrowing.
  • 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
  • pendants - Articles of jewelry designed to be suspended, such as from a necklace, brooch, or earrings. Examples include Renaissance pendants fastened to the sleeve and articles of devotional, magical, or mourning jewelry concealed under clothing.
  • reproduction - The process of making replicas or copies of art images, art objects, decorative arts, built works, or other valued images or objects, made without intent to deceive.
  • status symbols - Possessions or assets wthat confer prestige or are acquired as a symbol of high social standing or wealth.
  • 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.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • On Selecting: Profiles of Alumnae Donors to the African Art & Artifacts Collection Maria Shellman , Jan 25, 2017 – Sep 2, 2017
  • African Art in the Greater Philadelphia Area The Community College of Philadelphia with a Grant from the William Penn Foundation , Nov 12, 1999 – Dec 17, 1999
  • A Celebration of Black History: African Art from the Neufeld and Plass Collections Bryn Mawr College , Feb 24, 1992 – Mar 13, 1992

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Frisk & Borodin Appraisers, Inventory and Appraisement Belonging to the Estate of Margaret Barton Plass, Deceased. 7 March 1990 Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Bryn Mawr, PA, 1990
    Page Number: 1, Figure Number: 7

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