Pendant with a Queen Mother (Iyoba) playing a gong

Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria
late 17th–early 18th century
Artist Unidentified


Length x width: 17.1 x 10.2 cm (6 3/4 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

L-G 7.5.2012

Medium or Technique


On View

Benin Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 172)


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants


Early 20th century, taken from the Kingdom of Benin to England. 1961, Colonel Albert Horton, England; February 6, 1961, Colonel Horton sale, Sotheby’s, London, lot 152, sold for £ 880 to K. John Hewett (b. 1919 – d. 1994), London. 2012, promised gift of Robert Owen Lehman to the MFA.

Credit Line

Robert Owen Lehman Collection