Accession No

TEMP.01359


Description

Carved wooden bottle stopper. Comprises of a rounded top with a four-legged creature above, and a long projection below which narrows towards the tip. The creature is possibly a beetle or chameleon. Remainder of rounded top features incised geometric and dotted patterns. Object is worn, with a smooth surface.


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

TEMP.01359; 1584 A [Thomas Coll.- 1st Cat.]; 248 [Thomas Coll. label]


Cultural Affliation

Edo; Okpe


Material

Wood


Local Term


Measurements

135mm


Events

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: Jazmin Hundal


Description (Physical description)
Bottle stopper (1584A). Thomas states the figure on top of the stopper is a beetle. It looks more like a chameleon however. Its surface is decorated with spots and it has webbed feet. The base of the stopper is profusely decorated with incisions, spots and stripes. Exquisite carving, much detail. The object is heavily used as it is worn and very smooth to the touch.
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: Jazmin Hundal


Description (Physical description)
Carved wooden bottle stopper. Comprises of a rounded top with a four-legged creature above, and a long projection below which narrows towards the tip. The creature is possibly a beetle or chameleon. Remainder of rounded top features incised geometric and dotted patterns. Object is worn, with a smooth surface.
Event Date 6/10/2021
Author: Jazmin Hundal


FM:293507

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