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Figure of dignitary Benin (N° 18083)

This commemorative figure of dignitary forms an intermediary between the spiritual world and the Edo people, and stands out thanks to a garment including sumptuous adornments of necklaces and talismans in agate and coral beads. Perched on a barrel-shaped piedestal, his attitude reflects presence and dignity. The kings of Benin being soldiers above all, he is represented with symbolic attributes illustrating power. 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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OriginCollection française
EthnyEdos Bénin
Material(s)alliage de bronze
Weight3.85 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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