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Ijebu Yoruba Bronze Bell Female Nigeria African Art 33 Inch

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Title Ijebu Yoruba Bronze Bell Female Nigeria African Art 33 Inch
Type of Object Bronze Head bell
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Ijebu-Yoruba, Igbo-Ukwu, or Ogoni; Edo
Materials Bronze/Brass
Approximate Age 19th-20th century
Dimensions 33.5 inches H. x 8.6 inches Diam.
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Oxidation on the surface, holes in top and in mouth, chips in base


Additional Information:  A superb bronze bell in the form of a cast human head surmouted with a standing female figure! Between the head and figure there is ceremonial staff like with openwork. Indeed, an  important piece from Nigeria . This piece  shares a numerous stylistic traits with a number of Nigerian societies including the Ijebu-Yoruba ,  Igbo-Ukwu, Ogoni , and Edo of Benin, that can date to the past and equally to the 19th and 20th centuries. The head with its open mouth recall the Benin bronze heads . he figure on the top has a Yoruba or Ogoni stylewith its prominent eyes, and its projectiles in head.


Nigeria has a long history of casting works in bronze or brass producing works of great skill and beauty. This tradition and practice continues to the present. Marvelous works in cast in copper alloys are known in central and southern Nigeria from as early as the 7th century found at the extraordinary archaeological site at Igbo Ukwu and reaching to Ife in the 12th century through the kingdom of Benin in the 15th followed by a number other important bronze casting centers that bring us to the present.  This is simply a superb example of the lost wax casting technique and it must be recognized that the skill of the Nigerian bronze and brass casters of today who today continue a tradition nearly 1500 years old and have not lost their skill in producing extraordinary works of art.


This figural bell was used as a prestige object in the possession of social elites such as  chiefs  and ritual celebrants or priests. When not in use the bell is kept in the shrine.


Recommended  reading:


Jones, G.I. The Art of Eastern Nigeria. 1984.


Shaw, T. Igbo Uwku,


Willet, F. Ife.


Cole, H.M. and C. C. Aniankor,’ Igbo Arts, Community and Cosmos. 1984.


Paul Hamlyn, Benin Art , 1960