Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Bronze Dimensions (in): 9" x 9" x 11" Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 22.86 x 27.94 Region: Nigeria Tribe: Benin Kingdom Approximate Age: 30 years (1988) Availability: In Stock Item Number: BR001 Condition: Excellent Certificate of Authenticity Provided
A little known fact isthe world’s largest man made structure was made in Nigeria. Its length was over 9,900 miles, about four times that of the Great Wall of China. The Wall of Benin was used for defense of the historical Benin City, now the capital of the present day Edo State of (southern) Nigeria. The Benin Walls were ravaged by the British in 1897. Other accomplishments of the Benin Kingdom are their royal artworks, disciplined army, and infrastructure.
Benin’s royal altar heads appear in a range of styles from highly formalized to the more idealized naturalism of this example. Works such as this head, with its distinctive roll of coral bead work at the neck and beaded strands hanging from the crown, are believed to date to the 16th century. It is possible that the naturalistic elements of this head may reflect a connection with the brass-casting traditions of the Ife Kingdom to the northwest.
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