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Box with lid

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Edo
MEDIUM Wood
DATES second half of 19th century
DIMENSIONS 4 7/16 × 27 7/8 × 7 5/8 in. (11.3 × 70.8 × 19.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 56.6.63a-b
CREDIT LINE Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Edo. Box with lid, second half of 19th century. Wood, 4 7/16 × 27 7/8 × 7 5/8 in. (11.3 × 70.8 × 19.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.63a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.63a-b_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 56.6.63a-b_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Rectangular carved wooden box and lid with incised decoration. Lid has two carved illustrations that face in opposite directions from each other making it necessary to turn the box 180 degrees to see each carved illustration clearly. One illustration depicts a European seated on a chair with a utensil in his hands. A cup, pitcher, and four bottles are on a table in front of him; the other illustration shows a woman holding a sword in one hand and a spear in the other with a male attendant carrying a knife in a sheath across his chest on his proper left side, while holding a musical instrument horizontally in front of his face. The sides of the box show a man drinking while carrying an umbrella, a warrior holding a severed head, two headless bodies, a second warrior holding a gun, and a couple having intercourse. Three interior portions/chambers.
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Edo. <em>Box with lid</em>, second half of 19th century. Wood, 4 7/16 × 27 7/8 × 7 5/8 in. (11.3 × 70.8 × 19.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.63a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.63a-b_PS1.jpg)