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Bronze Figure of King Benin (N° 18422)

Belgian tribal art collection.
The mastery of bronze in African art.
L'Oba has a so-called 'winged' headdress (ikekeze) which was introduced by the Oba Osemwede (1816 - 1848 as well as a ceremonial dress composed of numerous necklaces of coral pearls. Grainy patina.
The art of Bnin is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as oba . The tradition of bronze court objects by Ifè dates back to the 14th century. Before the destruction of the palace of the kingdom of Bnin in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba , was illustrated by numerous works celebrating their power. War scenes were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chiefs, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of foundry according to the technique of cast iron with lost wax.
Source: Benin, five centuries of royal art Ed. Snoeck  

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OriginCollection Lenoir
Material(s)alliage de bronze
Weight2.30 Kg
Estimated datingbronze tardif

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