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Bénin Statuette (N° 23923)

This commemorative figure of a benign dignitary, represented seated, forms an intermediary between the spiritual world and the Edo people, and is distinguished by its ornaments in agate and coral beads. The kings of Benin being soldiers above all, he is represented with symbolic attributes illustrating power. This bronze could constitute the top of a stick. 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. War scenes glorifying them were reproduced on narrative plaques, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chiefs, majestic felines, heavy bracelets, anklets and recades were produced in quantity in many foundry workshops using the lost wax casting technique.
Abrasions, minor lacks.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyEdos Bénin
Material(s)alliages de bronze
Height cm29
Width9 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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