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Pectoral with two officials

Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria
16th–17th century
Artist Unidentified


Dimensions

Length x width: 31.1 x 28.6 cm (12 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

L-G 7.28.2012

Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

On View

Benin Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 172)

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry

Classifications

Pectorals

Provenance

1897, Eva Cutter (dealer), London; August 12, 1897, sold by Miss Cutter for £ 15 to Lt. General Lt.-General Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers (b. 1827 - d. 1900), Farnham, England; until the 1960s, kept at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham, and passed by descent within the family [see note]; 1970s, sold upon the dispersal of the collection. 2012, promised gift of Robert Owen Lehman to the MFA.

NOTE:
The collection of the privately-owned Pitt-Rivers museum passed by descent through Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers’s son Alexander Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers to his grandson, Captain George Pitt-Rivers (1890-1966) and his common law wife, Stella Howson-Clive (Pitt-Rivers). The museum closed in the 1960s and the collection was sold.

Credit Line

Robert Owen Lehman Collection