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Benin Bronze King Oba

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Item BronzeKing1
80.00 LBS
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)

Product Description

The Benin Kingdom was strong through out the 15th and 16th Centuries and was located in West Africa bordering what is now Nigeria and Togo. Benin Clans were ruled by a King which was known as the Oba. The people of Benin are called Bini and are descended from the Ife peoples. The making of these Benin bronzes were strictly considered court art and were made exclusively for the palace of the Oba and were designed to venerate the achievements and memories of the Obas (Iyobas)and their Queens also called Queen Mothers who ruled through out the time of the kingdom. The metal working craftsmen were very talented and used complex wax casting techniques which were far ahead of their time. Their work in bronze, copper and iron was extremely refined and their methods of metal smelting, forging and lost wax methods exceeded any seen. By using the lost-wax casting very intricate works can be achieved with this method, depending on the carver's skills. 

This selection as absolutely marvelous detailing from top to bottom!

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Dimensions: 45 inches tall x 14 inches wide x 12 inches deep. The king is 37 inches tall. The sword is 21 inches tall and the spear is 29 inches long.


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