The Kingdom of Benin, located in the south of current Nigeria, is renowned for its magnificent bronzes and ivory figurines.
Representations in triads present the Oba, framed by two men who support his arms and hands; this highlights the fact that the king could not rule nor carry out his duties by his own.
This traditional configuration reflects the typical way the king and the dignitaries were positioned during the ceremonies.
Cast following the cire perdue (lost wax) technique, these recount, like picture books, the important and glorifying facts related to the Obas. These were hung on the walls of palaces.
The latter would also represent Europeans, such as Portuguese dignitaries, established in Ifé since the 15th century.
Adapted from Bénin, cinq siècles d'art Royal and Trésors de l'ancien Nigéria, Dapper.
- Placa Oba Palace
- Grupo étnico / cultura
- Ife, Nigéria
- Bronze africano
- meados do século XX
- Bom estado, utilizado, com alguns sinais de desgaste
- Vendido com suporte
- 15×18×4 cm
- 1.05 kg