Box with lid
Arts of Africa
second half of 19th century
4 7/16 × 27 7/8 × 7 5/8 in. (11.3 × 70.8 × 19.3 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
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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_view01_PS11.jpg)
overall, 56.6.63a-b_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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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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