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Divination Object (Gle)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Clay, feathers, duiker horn, cloth, metal, mirrors, wood
  • Place Made: Liberia
  • DATES late 19th or early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 7 x 6 x 10 1/2in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 26.7cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.196.4
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Blake Robinson
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Head shaped form with deeply recessed eye sockets in which are set pieces of mirror. Eyebrow ridges protrude as does the forehead. The forehead is covered with red cloth and has a duiker horn protruding from it. Two metal rings attached to the red cloth give the forehead the appearance of a bird head. The wide mouth with teeth of wood and two additional duiker horns forming tusk-like protrusions. Back of head has four spine like-ridges. Top of head has a depression partially filled with egg shell. Condition: Stable but fragile.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION We. Divination Object (Gle), late 19th or early 20th century. Clay, feathers, duiker horn, cloth, metal, mirrors, wood, 7 x 6 x 10 1/2in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 26.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Blake Robinson, 1992.196.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.196.4_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1992.196.4_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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