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Bronze Benin statue (N° 12896)
Seric, intermediate between the spiritual world and the Edo people, this character is distinguished by a dress reminiscent of the sumptuous adornments of necklaces and talismans in agate and coral beads. Symbolic elements illustrating its power, its attributes are an offering horn and a scepter that consists of a feline paw. Sometimes tamed by various royal guilds, the leopard accompanied the chief on his travels. The Oba, named 'child of the house leopard', could also offer teeth or skin to commanders whose loyalty was evident. The rich benign iconography is therefore full of references to this animal. Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba , was illustrated by numerous works celebrating their power. War scenes glorifying them were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chiefs, majestic felines, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of founders according to the technique of cast iron with lost wax.
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|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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