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Double Bell (Egogo)

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
This is one of the oldest surviving African ivory sculptures; only six of these ivory gongs are known. Double gongs were used by the oba (king) during the Emobo ceremony to drive away evil spirits. The carving here depicts the oba, supported by his military commander and his heir.
DATES early 16th century
DIMENSIONS 14 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (35.9 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund
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CAPTION Edo. Double Bell (Egogo), early 16th century. Ivory, 14 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (35.9 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 58.160. Creative Commons-BY
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Two bell forms on a long handle; large bell carved eith 3 figures: chief standing with arms upheld by attendants; background is elaborately carved with curved interlocking pattern, small bells or facsimiles of same run-up sides of sisturn and along top; one side of top has projecting human figure, on top of small bell is an alligator head holding a human hand. Base is geometrically carved. Large bell originally showed mudfish figure and snake-wing bird. Condition: Back of large bell broken. A second projecting figure broken off. Crack down front of large bell with a small upper section missing. Small bell has front broken off. Bottom broken in small area.
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