Metaphor of royal power in the African art of the Benin KingdomBefore the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of kings, the Oba , was illustrated by multiple works, mainly bronze sculptures, 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 chefs, majestic felines, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of smelters according to the technique of cast iron with lost wax. Placed on the altar dedicated to the Queen Mother as early as the 16th century in Benin City in Nigeria, the bronze depicting a rooster, Okpa, glorified royal power by its alt-like appearance. Produced by the guild of royal smelters, the sculpture offers a finely streaked surface evoking the plumage of the volatile. The animal is depicted perched on a quadrangular base with great attention to detail. Black skate.
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