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Magnificent Oba King made of bronze from Benin
Benin art is described as a court art, for it is closely associated with the King, known under the name Oba. The history of court objects made of Ifé bronze comes from the XIVe century.The numerous heads and statues in Bronze produced by Benin craftmen were strictly destined for the personal use of the palace's inhabitants., and were , more often than not
put on altars which were consacrated by the new Oba. Heads, statues , ivory tusks and bells and sticks used to surmount these altars, rectangulars in shape.
They reminded of an Oba and were used to get in touch with his spirit.