Fragments of commemorative altar head
The original accession record for this object, from April 1899, describes it as “part of the casting of a metal cone-shaped head-dress off a tusk holder like 18.104.22.168”. It constitutes a fragment of a commemorative queen mother head showing part of the beaded headdress. Three other smaller fragments are also associated with it. The fragment probably derived from a failed casting and may have been taken from a casting workshop in Benin City.