Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Bronze Dimensions (in): 9" x 9" x 25" Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 22.86 x 63.5 Region: Nigeria Tribe: Benin Kingdom Approximate Age: 30 years (1988) Availability: In Stock Item Number: BR003 Condition: Excellent Certificate of Authenticity Provided Custom-made mask stand included with your purchase
The Benin culture is known for creating superb bronze sculptures to honor its Obas (or kings). In this case, the Oba is shown wearing a hat. Memorial heads such as this were meant to capture the essence of the Oba's power, and were placed on shrines with other important objects. A hole in the top of the head would have held a carved elephant tusk chronicling the activities of the honored Oba. The vast array of castings in bronze and leaded brass taken from the palace of the Oba of Benin in 1897 have been dispersed throughout Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. The interest generated by these artworks, along with the ivory carvings and coral regalia, has been a major factor in the development of Benin studies. The sculpture from Benin has come to represent the achievements of the Edo Kingdom of Benin in museums around the world. Within Africa they have been utilized in the construction of national and pan-national identities to reaffirm links to the autonomy of a precolonial past.
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