Casted using the lost-wax process this bronze bell is similar to others attributed to the Lower Niger Bronze industry. Bells from this region follow the traditions of Igbo and Ogboni found in or around shrines where they may have been used as as instruments of communication to summon ancestors. The cylindrical bell has a flared shape with a human face with a male figure holding swords with an Igbo-like coiffure.
Origin: Nigeria, Lower Niger Region
Time Period: 19th c
Provenance: From an Atlanta, GA collection
Materials: Bronze with large metal clapper
Dimensions: 15 in high x 5 in wide
Condition: Encrusted medium brown-green patina with minor metal loss on bottom flange, overall very good condition
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