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Staff head, Igbo-Ukwu, 9th - 10th century (leaded bronze)

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Staff head, Igbo-Ukwu, 9th - 10th century (leaded bronze)

DBP412930 Staff head, Igbo-Ukwu, 9th - 10th century (leaded bronze) by Nigerian; height: 18 cm; Private Collection; Photo eDirk Bakker; Nigerian, out of copyright

Media ID 22919420

© Dirk Bakker / Bridgeman Images

Beads Finial Ornament Spirals West African


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This print showcases a Staff head from the Igbo-Ukwu region in Nigeria, dating back to the 9th - 10th century. Crafted with exquisite detail using leaded bronze, this ornamental piece stands at a height of 18 cm and is currently held in a private collection. The photograph, taken by Dirk Bakker, beautifully captures the intricate design and craftsmanship of this West African artifact. The staff head is adorned with an array of decorative elements including beads, spirals, and an elaborate finial. It exudes a sense of grandeur and ceremonial significance, suggesting its use in important rituals or ceremonies within the Igbo-Ukwu community. The rich symbolism behind this staff head invites us to delve into the cultural practices and beliefs of ancient West Africa. Its presence evokes images of vibrant celebrations filled with music, dance, and communal gatherings. This artifact serves as a reminder that art has always played a vital role in human expression and communication across different societies throughout history. Dirk Bakker's skillful photography allows us to appreciate every intricate detail on this remarkable piece while also highlighting its historical importance. As we admire this photograph print today, we are reminded of our connection to past civilizations and their artistic legacies that continue to inspire us today.

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