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This is the oldest surviving African ivory sculpture. The Oba (or king) used it in a ceremony to drive away evil spirits.

This is the oldest surviving African ivory sculpture. The Oba (or king) used it in a ceremony to drive away evil spirits.

ca. 1700-1897 Bust of Benin King or Oba. cast bronze or brass. Restoration Period Nigeria. National Museum of African Art, Wash. D.C.

ca. 1700-1897 Bust of Benin King or Oba. cast bronze or brass. Restoration Period Nigeria. National Museum of African Art, Wash. D.C.

Clappers, Hippo Ivory, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 B.C.  Egyptian; From Amarna  Ivory.

Clappers, Hippo Ivory, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 B.C. Egyptian; From Amarna Ivory.

Brass Head of an Oba (King) Nigeria; Edo peoples, Court of Benin, 18th century.

Brass Head of an Oba (King) Nigeria; Edo peoples, Court of Benin, 18th century.

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