Top for a Stool (Agba)
Arts of Africa
Wood, pigment, resin
12 3/16 × 20 7/8 × 1 3/16 in. (31 × 53 × 3 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Prior to 1926, provenance not yet documented; by 1926, acquired by William O. Oldman of London, United Kingdom; August 30, 1926, purchased in London from William O. Oldman by Stewart Culin for the Brooklyn Museum.
Carved rectangular board of hardwood. In the center a man holds ebere and a bifurcated scepter, ending in clenched hands, and wears a tunic and winged headdress of coral beads. Left of the figure is a synthesis of snake with fins or leaves coming from body. Right of the figure are a beaker, a leopard, and a bottle with handle. At each corner is a strip ornamented with three rosettes. Through each rosette is a wood dowel. Four grooves are excavated on the back to attach to panels (now missing) which would form the legs of the stool.
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Edo. Top for a Stool (Agba), 1914-1926. Wood, pigment, resin, 12 3/16 × 20 7/8 × 1 3/16 in. (31 × 53 × 3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1522. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1522_top_PS5.jpg)
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