Accession No

Z 12894.2


Description

Brass hair pin or ornament of flat cross section. The shaft transitions into a wider lozengiform section that is split into two thin wires which bend away from each other and then back to the centre where they meet in spirals.


Place

Africa; West Africa; Nigeria; Edo State; Okpe


Period


Source

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


Department

Anth


Reference Numbers

Z 12894.2; 1574 [Thomas Coll. -1st Cat.]; 1563 A [Thomas Coll. label]; T10.1563 A


Cultural Affliation

Edo; Okpe


Material

Metal; Brass


Local Term


Measurements

34mm x 240mm


Events

Description (Physical description)
Catalogue card for Z 12894[.1-2]: 'Two wrought brass hair-pins. No decoration on reverse side. [Added in different hand] Both have 2 spirals on the top of the pin.'
Event Date
Author: maa


Description (Labels & Markings)
'T10.1563 A' written on object.
Event Date
Author: Lucie Carreau


Context (Related Documents)
Thomas Collection label accompanies object.
Event Date 15/5/2001
Author: Annie Tomkins


Context (Related Documents)
See E 1910.118 and E 1913.3 records for further details about the Thomas Collection from Nigeria.
Event Date 7/5/2001
Author: maa


Context (Field collection)
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.
Purchased using money from Prof. A.A. Bevan’s subscription to the Museum’s Accessions Fund.
Event Date 4/2/2013
Author: Remke van der Velden


Description (Physical description)
Description for Z 12894[.1-2]: 1 is a curved (bow-like) brass hairpin with designs beaten onto the body such as dots, circles and lines. The pin tapers into a narrow point. At the head of the pin two spirals are situated next to each other, beaten down in a flat shape. Each spiral has a hole in the middle. 2 is a brass hairpin similar in design to 1 but no holes are present in the spirals and the beaten designs are spread out more. Neither pin has designs on the reverse side. Similar to Z 25492, Z 12505, Z 12372, Z 12847, Z 25463, Z 12921, Z 25492 and Z 25464 in design. It is important to note that all brass pins with this design are from Okpe, whereas the iron ones are from Ijeba. Information provided by Dr Ohioma Pogoson, Honorary Curator of the Museum of the Institute for African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. January 2013.
Event Date 4/2/2013
Author: maa


Description (Physical description)
Brass hair pin or ornament of flat cross section. The shaft transitions into a wider lozengiform section that is split into two thin wires which bend away from each other and then back to the centre where they meet in spirals.
Event Date 24/9/2021
Author: Lily Stancliffe


FM:293439

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