Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants

Unknownmid 16th-early 17th century

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Semicircular lost-wax(?) cast ornament depicting 3 figures in high relief. They are dressed in skirted textured costumes with beaded high collars. Each wears a domed headdress with shoulder-length side flaps and a crown topped with dowel-like extension. Legs are adorned with multiple cast coral bead anklets. The edge of the ornament is finished with a row of small pierced circles. Overall condition is good. Back of plaque has the number 25601 painted in white and a cast-in image of a knife (makers mark?). Small losses to metal structure, including fronts of feet of right figure and looped border element at top left corner. Extensions of crowns for right and left figures are broken off at top. Light surface dirt and some tiny white paint specks. To the left of the center figures leg is a faint pale green corrosion drip.


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