Edo. <em>Figure of a Hornblower (Ikpakohẹn)</em>, ca. 1504-50. Copper alloy, iron, 24 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (62.2 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 55.87. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.87_overall_PS11.jpg)

Figure of a Hornblower (Ikpakohẹn)


Medium: Copper alloy, iron

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1504-50

Dimensions: 24 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (62.2 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm)



Accession Number: 55.87

Image: 55.87_overall_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Blowing a horn or flute with his right hand, his left arm is truncated. He wears a netted cap with chevron design decorated with a feather. Around his neck are two collars: one of coral, the other of cowrie shells and teeth. He wears a kind of vest decorated with an interlocking design and supported by a strap around his neck. This is attached at the waist to a skirt which is drawn up at the side in a point. A belt is tied in a knot around the waist, and a lower belt with tassels connecting the skirt at the back. The over-skirt has a pattern of human faces, leopard faces, arms, half-moons, and other leaf forms. He wears five bracelets on his right hand. There is an undershirt exposed on the left side which has an interlocking design. The lower border of the outfit has a guilloche pattern.

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