Bell

Cast copper alloy head, with snakes issuing from each nostril, curving to the ears and a frog issuing from the mouth. Both animals are symbols of power more associated with Benin than Yoruba iconography. Fine casting, probably made in Ijebu Ode.

Object Summary

Museum Number 1/1993/6
Simple Name bell
Full Name ritual bell
Common Name bell
Production country Nigeria
Material cast copper alloy; iron
Collection class Religion and magic
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region W
Production parish Ijebu
Production town Ijebu Ode
Production county SW Nigeria
Production continent Africa
Cultural group Yoruba
Function name cult object