The Benin Kingdom flourished in West Africa from the 1100s up to its destruction by the British in 1897. The Benin (or Edo) people are magnificent craftsmen who are well known for their skill in the use of the lost wax process to create impressive bronze sculptures. Historically the sculptures were used throughout Benin City as decorations and also offering instructive scenes of proper protocol and of honor. The title of “Oba” was created by Oba Eweka the Great to mean leader, king or ruler. His image was frequently portrayed in bronze as was that of the Queen Mother and others of prominence.
The Queen Mother - 30 inches tall
Stylized Representation of Wise Counselor to the Oba, Mother, Sister, Queen, The Ideal of Beauty
Beautifully sensitive and authentic Benin Bronze. Handmade in mid 20th Century in Nigeria.
Set of Two regal Leopards were a symbol of the strength of the Oba (King) of Benin.
Set of two regal Leopards that were a symbol of the strength of the Oba (King) of Benin.
Classical replica of a wall plaque of the Oba (Leader) of Benin
This a serene and lovely rendering of the Oba (King) of Benin. 9.5 inches tall
Very rare portrayal of one of the Nubian Priests. One of a kind representation.