African art and royal symbols of the Benin Kingdom.
Benin's rich iconography is full of references to the leopard, including bronze aquamaniles. This benign type example, dotted with ocelli, offers a gray-brown patina with golden reflections.
Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba, was illustrated by multiple works celebrating their power.
The killing of the king of animals associated with legends, the leopard, was the privilege of the chief, the Oba. The feline could then serve as an offering for the cult of the chief's head. Sometimes tamed by various royal guilds, he accompanied the leader on his travels. The Oba, called "child of the household leopard", could also offer the teeth or skin to commanders whose loyalty was evident.
This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity
You could also be interested by these items
If your offer is accepted, the item will be ordered on your behalf automaticaly.
By making offer, you accept the selling conditions.
You must login to make an offer