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"King & Queen, Benin Kingdom Nigeria," Bronze Statues created circa 1900

circa 1900

$60,750

About

These bronze sculptures were created by an unknown Nigerian artist. They depict the King & Queen of the Benin region. Bronzes such as the Benin King and Queen were done by the Edo people of the Benin Kingdom to show the divinity of the king, or Oba. The materials used to make these sculptures-namely bronze- were thought to be endowed with sacred power, and the fact that the kingdom had the resources and technology to mold these materials into their desired shape showed the power of the king over the Earth. Although Benin Bronzes did not come to the attention of the West until a 19th Century Expedition by the British, the Benin Kingdom has been making Bronzes since as early as the 13th Century. The origin of casting in Benin is still highly debated, with some experts saying the technique was learned from the Ife Kingdom in the Northwest, while others saying it developed in Benin independent of outside influence. King: 50 1/2" x 13" x 15" Queen: 54 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 16"

Details

  • Creation Year
    circa 1900
  • Dimensions
    Height: 54.5 in. (138.43 cm)Width: 13.5 in. (34.29 cm)Depth: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 5104d1stDibs: LU60532810173

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