The extraordinary bronzes of the Benin kingdom, in what is now Nigeria, present a virtuosity and sophistication of style that has surprised the Western world since they were discovered in the 15th century.
Their work was brought to Europe after a punitive expedition by the British in 1897, causing a great reaction.
The inhabitants of Benin, called Bini, are descendants of the Ife, well known for their outstanding bronzes. Almost all the art of Benin was created to honour the king, or Oba, who ruled, with his ancestors, in the 15th century.
The styles have changed over the years although similar to many older works, this is a piece from the 20th century.
Each of them is always hand-carved and then cast in bronze using the lost wax process.
Plaques like these were mounted on the walls of the Oba Palace and recorded the history of the Kingdom of Benin. Most depict the king or warrior leaders.
- Oba bronze plaque from Benin with his king and his warriors
- Region/ country
- African bronze
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 15×16×16 cm