Accession No

Z 12904


Description

Carved wooden bottle stopper. Comprises of a rounded top with two heads above, and a long projection below which narrows towards the tip. The two heads above form one figure, which also has hands and webbed fingers. Hole present between the two heads, for threading rope through.


Place

Africa; West Africa; Nigeria; Edo State; Okpe


Period


Source

Thomas, Northcote Whitridge [field collector]; Bevan, Anthony Ashley (Prof.) [monetary donor]


Department

Anth


Reference Numbers

Z 12904; 1584 [Thomas Coll.- 1st Cat.]; 247 [Thomas Coll. label]


Cultural Affliation

Edo; Okpe


Material

Wood


Local Term


Measurements

155mm


Events

Context (Related Documents)
Photograph of object on reverse of catalogue card.
Event Date
Author: Jazmin Hundal


Description (Physical description)
Catalogue card for Z 12904: '1584: Bottle top with 2 small narrow heads.

[in a different hand]: 1584 A Stopper for bottle with a beetle carved across the top.'
Event Date
Author: maa


Context (Acquisition Details)
See E 1910.118 and E 1913.3 records for further details about the Thomas Collection from Nigeria.
Event Date 07/05/2001
Author: maa


Context (Related Documents)
Documented by Roger Blench on 5/10/1986. 1584 has negative number 52/15. 1584A has negative number 52/25. Information taken from Roger Blench’s paper copy of the Northcote W. Thomas database created in the 1990s. Archival reference: AA6/4/18.


Event Date 10/12/2012
Author: Remke van der Velden


Description (Physical description)
Bottle stopper (1584).
Two headed figure, male and female. Total neglect of the torso, but with hands and webbed out fingers. A hole in the middle of the figures to tie rope through to keep the bottle top attached to the bottle. Simple, almost modern face representation. Functional object. Information provided by Dr Ohioma Pogoson, Honorary Curator of the Museum of the Institute for African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. November 2012.



Event Date 3/12/2012
Author: maa


Context (Acquisition Details)
Collected by Northcote W. Thomas in Edo State, Okpe town. The inhabitants belong to the Edo ethnic group, and also identify themselves further as Okpe people. The language they speak is also referred to as Okpe. See Blench, R. M., 1995. The Work of N.W. Thomas as Government Anthropologist in Nigeria. The Nigerian Field, 60, pp.29.
Event Date 4/12/2012
Author: Remke van der Velden


Context (CMS Context)
Purchased using money from Prof. A.A. Bevan’s subscription to the Museum’s Accessions Fund.
Event Date 4/12/2012
Author: Remke van der Velden


Description (Physical description)
Carved wooden bottle stopper. Comprises of a rounded top with two heads above, and a long projection below which narrows towards the tip. The two heads above form one figure, which also has hands and webbed fingers. Hole present between the two heads, for threading rope through.
Event Date 6/10/2021
Author: Jazmin Hundal


FM:128853

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