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Bini/Edo people Northern Niger Delta, Kingdom of Benin
Hip mask mid-17th century Description: Hip-mask in the form of a ram's head
Creation Notes: "classic" or great period, c.1650, the epoch of Benin art as defined by William Fagg
Materials & Technique: sculptures, ceremonial objects, brass ("bronze") on copper on iron casting (lost wax method)
Dimensions: 29.2 h x 33.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.1087
Subject: African art
  • possibly de la Burde collection, according to Douglas Newton;
  • to Entwistle Gallery, Paris;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, February 1981