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ID number:  BIRRC-D0153
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Cult regalia known as 'Onde'
Object type:  Musical instrument
Place made:  W. Nigeria
Culture:  Yoruba
Materials:  Cowrie shells, raw-hide and brass
Measurements:  Strips: 37 cm Bells: 3.5 x 3 cm
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A string of cowrie shells on 11 raw-hide strips, one length having the additionof a snail shell mid-way along. Two small, locally-cast, conical brass bells are attached with string. Worn to ward off evil.

Notes:  This item was bequested to the University of Birmingham in 1972 by E.H. Duckworth. Teacher, scientist and photographer Edward Harland Duckworth was recommended to the post of Inspector of Education in Nigeria in 1930 following the commendation of his teaching work in Cheltenham. During his time in Nigeria he taught science, developed teaching methods and was elected as editor of Nigeria Magazine, adding his own photographs to articles.

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