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Kola nut tray (okwa oji)

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A stimulant, kola nuts are widely traded throughout West Africa, and people share and consume them during ritual and ceremonial occasions. Carved in hard, blackened wood, this serving tray, with delicate incised patterns around its rim, holds the nuts; a central container with fully articulated...

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black marker on bottom and inside lid: "Ib3"


By 1987, Mr. Omar, Cambridge, MA; 1987, sold by Omar to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Igbo peoples, Nigeria, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 23 x 41 cm (9 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.) Overall (bowl alone): 12 cm (4 3/4 in.) Overall (lid alone): 14 x 26 x 9 cm (5 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood (patinated)


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts