Opume Bronze Heads

These are a collection of ancient relics whose origin and basic historical details continue to defy explanation. Comprising a lion’s head, a tortoise head and a sword, they are preserved in Opume forest in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa. Apart from the uncertainty surrounding their provenance and age, they do not appear to be carvings. They are regarded as sacred objects and are steeped in local folklore. The story goes that a prince picked up the lion’s head out of curiosity and placed it onto his own. It became stuck and the prince became as wild as the animal whose resemblance he was sporting, terrorizing the whole neighbourhood and killing people. His father, the king; had no choice but to order him to be killed for his people’s safety.

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