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Cylindrical Base

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Edo
MEDIUM Copper alloy, wood
DATES post 1897
DIMENSIONS 6 1/8 × 2 15/16 in. (15.5 × 7.5 cm) with base: 7 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (19 × 10.8 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS labels: TL #; Charles Ratton, Paris
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 75.152.4
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Edo. Cylindrical Base, post 1897. Copper alloy, wood, 6 1/8 × 2 15/16 in. (15.5 × 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 75.152.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.75.152.4_print_bw.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A hollow copper alloy cylinder shaped object. Along the sides in high relief are: Two chameleons, three leopards, and two frogs. Around the bottom, in low relief, is a serpent whose head extends up the side of the object and bites the frog. Another serpentin low relief is along the top rim, part of its body winds down the side, curves underneath one of the leopards and bites the second frog. The tails of the leopards curve up across their backs and touch their heads. A wooden peg has been embedded in an earth like substance which fills the top of the object. A wooden plug has been inserted in the bottom of the object. CONDITION: Good. Slight corrosion around one of the frogs. The object has been mounted on a modern wooden base and is attached by a screw. Wooden plug in bottom, with tag reading, "Ratton/Paris."
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Edo. <em>Cylindrical Base</em>, post 1897. Copper alloy, wood, 6 1/8 × 2 15/16 in. (15.5 × 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 75.152.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.75.152.4_print_bw.jpg)