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Bénin Head (N° 22645)

This late African bronze, made from a work that was made on the death of the queen, depicts a queen mother of Benin named the Iyoba, whose neck is surrounded by multiple necklaces of coral beads. Her high curved hairstyle was also made up of a mesh of pearls falling on either side of the face. After the birth of the future king, the queen was "removed" from power and could no longer father. But at the end of the 15th century the Oba Esigie refused to conform to this practice and wanted to attribute the city of Uselu to his mother. She also received a palace and many privileges. In recognition she raised an army to go and fight the Igala of the North. The Oba cast a head in his effigy, among many works cast in lost wax, to place them on his altar after his death.

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OriginEx-collection suisse
Material(s)bronze africain
Height cm58
Width18 cm
Weight7.15 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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