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Head of an Ife Chief, Oni (King). Benin, Nigeria. 12th-15th century. Zinc and brass. Commemorate ancestor king. Placed on altar. Bronze a symbol of permanence & incorruptibility. Spiritual container. Natural hair and jewelry inserted.

Head of an Ife Chief, Oni (King). Benin, Nigeria. 12th-15th century. Zinc and brass. Commemorate ancestor king. Placed on altar. Bronze a symbol of permanence & incorruptibility. Spiritual container. Natural hair and jewelry inserted.

Bronze (Leaded  brass) bust of Ife ruler from 900-500 B.P. (1100-1500 A.D).  Mustache and beard or beaded veil may have been attached to the holes around the mouth, chin and jaw.

Bronze (Leaded brass) bust of Ife ruler from 900-500 B.P. (1100-1500 A.D). Mustache and beard or beaded veil may have been attached to the holes around the mouth, chin and jaw.

A copper head dated from the late 14th to the early 16th century is thought to represent a venerable person in the Ife kingdom.

A copper head dated from the late 14th to the early 16th century is thought to represent a venerable person in the Ife kingdom.

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