oil container (food processing & storage)

A heavy oil dispenser. Benin City, Nigeria. 20th century [?]. The oil dispenser has three legs, and widens in the lower-middle like a resting ball of dough. There are two faces with what may be facial hair carved at the base of the neck, facing opposite sides. Where the ears might be are two handles. The object is hollow, with an unprotected opening at the top of the neck, its narrowest point.

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