Divination Object (Gle)
Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Clay, feathers, duiker horn, cloth, metal, mirrors, wood
late 19th or early 20th century
7 x 6 x 10 1/2in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 26.7cm) (show scale)
Gift of Blake Robinson
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We. Divination Object (Gle), late 19th or early 20th century. Clay, feathers, duiker horn, cloth, metal, mirrors, wood, 7 x 6 x 10 1/2in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 26.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Blake Robinson, 1992.196.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.196.4_SL1.jpg)
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Head shaped form with deeply recessed eye sockets in which are set pieces of mirror. Eyebrow ridges protrude as does the forehead. The forehead is covered with red cloth and has a duiker horn protruding from it. Two metal rings attached to the red cloth give the forehead the appearance of a bird head. The wide mouth with teeth of wood and two additional duiker horns forming tusk-like protrusions. Back of head has four spine like-ridges. Top of head has a depression partially filled with egg shell. Condition: Stable but fragile.
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