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Head of an Oba  Date:     19th century Geography:     Nigeria, Court of Benin Culture:     Edo peoples Medium:     Brass (cast) Metropolitan Museum

Head of an Oba Date: 19th century Geography: Nigeria, Court of Benin Culture: Edo peoples Medium: Brass (cast) Metropolitan Museum

The sculpture stands nearly twelve inches high and dates between 1550 and 1650, the so-called “middle period” of Benin art, which many consider the high point of Benin artistic production. The Benin culture is known for creating superb bronze sculptures to honor its Obas (or kings). In this case, the Oba is shown wearing a hat and a multi-strand coral-bead necklace, with another coral bead on his forehead.  This sculpture is now owned by The  Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The sculpture stands nearly twelve inches high and dates between 1550 and 1650, the so-called “middle period” of Benin art, which many consider the high point of Benin artistic production. The Benin culture is known for creating superb bronze sculptures to honor its Obas (or kings). In this case, the Oba is shown wearing a hat and a multi-strand coral-bead necklace, with another coral bead on his forehead. This sculpture is now owned by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Head of an Oba, 19th century, Nigeria, Court of Benin, Edo peoples, Brass, iron, 45.7 x 29.9 x 30.5 cm

Head of an Oba, 19th century, Nigeria, Court of Benin, Edo peoples, Brass, iron, 45.7 x 29.9 x 30.5 cm

Benin Art | ... african art, african masks, Oba of Benin, Nigerian art, wood carving

Benin Art | ... african art, african masks, Oba of Benin, Nigerian art, wood carving

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Edo Uhunmwun Elao (Iyoba Ancestral Memorial Head) Benin, Nigeria http://www.imodara.com/post/97994172539/nigeria-edo-uhunmwun-elao-iyoba-ancestral-memorial

Edo Uhunmwun Elao (Iyoba Ancestral Memorial Head) Benin, Nigeria http://www.imodara.com/post/97994172539/nigeria-edo-uhunmwun-elao-iyoba-ancestral-memorial

Brass Helmet Mask for the Oduda Ritual    Benin Empire, 18th century    The British Museum

Brass Helmet Mask for the Oduda Ritual Benin Empire, 18th century The British Museum

Edo Uhunmwun Elao (Oba Ancestral Memorial Head) Benin, Nigeria http://www.imodara.com/post/91456220864/nigeria-edo-uhunmwun-elao-oba-ancestral-memorial

Edo Uhunmwun Elao (Oba Ancestral Memorial Head) Benin, Nigeria http://www.imodara.com/post/91456220864/nigeria-edo-uhunmwun-elao-oba-ancestral-memorial

Head of an Oba, Edo brass sculpture from the court of Benin, Nigeria, 16th century

Head of an Oba, Edo brass sculpture from the court of Benin, Nigeria, 16th century

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