Edo. <em>Hip Ornament with Human Face (Uhunmwun-ekue)</em>, 18th century (possibly). Copper alloy, iron, 6 13/16 × 4 5/16 × 2 1/4 in. (17.3 × 11 × 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Beatrice Riese, 1994.143. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.143_SL1.jpg)

Hip Ornament with Human Face (Uhunmwun-ekue)


Medium: Copper alloy, iron

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:18th century (possibly)

Dimensions: 6 13/16 × 4 5/16 × 2 1/4 in. (17.3 × 11 × 5.7 cm)


Accession Number: 1994.143

Image: 1994.143_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Human face with ornate adornments. Semi-circular "crown" extends above forehead with lattice-like area and three 5-lobed decorations at center. Small, globular forms around edge. At forehead, five strands of "beads." Above each eye, three vertical incised lines. Band of incised lines from center of brow to tip of nose. Seven strands of beads represented around lower edge of face. Extending from beaded strands, series of conical projections, resembling ruffled collar; loops attached to each flaring element. Five small, figure-eight shaped wires attached to loops.

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