Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ceremonial Sword and Sheath

Date:
1856–97
Geography:
Nigeria, Court of Benin
Culture:
Edo peoples
Medium:
Iron, ivory, silk, wool, cotton, yarn, leather, metal tacks, staples
Dimensions:
As Assembled: 53 x 21 x 4 1/4 in. (134.6 x 53.3 x 10.8 cm) Sword: 32 x 5 3/4 x 1 in. (81.3 x 14.6 x 2.5 cm) Sheath: 24 1/8 x 7 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (61.3 x 18.7 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Implements
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Frederick R. Mebel, Fred and Rita Richman, and Noah-Sadie K. Wachtel Foundation Inc. Gifts, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.329a, b
Not on view
[W. D. Webster, London, until ca. 1900]; Augustus Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers, Farnham, Dorset, U.K., ca. 1900–ca. (d.)1966; Christian Humann, New York and Bermuda, on loan to The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, until (d.)1981; [Merton D. Simpson, New York, 1981–1984]; Claire and Frederick Mebel, ca. 1984–1994

Pitt-Rivers, Augustus Lane-Fox. Antique Works of Art from Benin: by Augustus Pitt-Rivers, with a new introduction by Bernard Fagg. New York: Dover Publications, 1976, pl. XXIX, figs.212, 213.

Westerdijk, Peter. "Weapons, Tools and Regalia." In African Metal Implements. Greenvale, NY: Hillwood Art Gallery, Greenvale, 1984, no. 46, p. 17.



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