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Ceremonial sword  (udamalore)
Date: Late 19th century
Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: H x W x D: 22 x 11 x 1.5 cm (8 11/16 x 4 5/16 x 9/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Owo, Nigeria
Object Number: 2005-6-80
Search Terms:
weapon
Leadership
Status
male
Exhibited: Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

The udamalore is a ceremonial sword worn by the Olowo, ruler of Owo, and his high-ranking chiefs. It shows the wearer is considered well born, mature, powerful and influential, a person who is like the elephant. This fragment is from the tip of the sword blade and portrayed a chiefly figure crowned with a coral openwork cap holding a sword. The cap originally had a bird, the emblem of spiritual powers, projecting from its side.

Ivory fragment of a sword with a male figue holding an ax or a large sword in his proper right hand, upraised. His proper left lower arm and hand are broken. There is a carved skirt and knife at the waist, a hairdo or hat with a curved piece on top with a hole. The torso has carved lines and the face has cheek scarification. Warm golden and reddish colour of ivory.

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