figure (ritual & belief: representations)

The ownership of this object was transferred to Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) in November 2022.

A cockerel sculpture (Ọkporhu). Benin City. The title of Iy’Ọba is conferred on a woman by her son, the newly coronated Ọba. Ọkporhu are placed at the altar of an Iy’Ọba after her death.

The cockerel is standing on a square base. The surface is decorated with feather designs, and four tail feathers protrude from the back. The eyes are raised from the surface.

Made by Igun Eronmwon guildmembers (bronze and brass casters).

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