Leopard Head - Bronze - Benin

Description
Leopard Head - Bronze - Benin
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Benin bronzes are probably the most famous bronzes of African art, in front of the Ifé and Owo craftsmanships. This is due to the proximity with the Atlantic coast, which enabled trades with the Portuguese since the 15th century.
Wonderful pair of Benin leopards in bronze. For the Benin people, the leopard is a mighty and powerful royal animal, which rules the savanna as the king rules over his people. It also serves as a symbol of justice.
Aquamanile in the shape of a leopard was the sole property of the Oba - the leopard was the royal animal. Pectorals, hip and waist ornaments inthe shape of human or onimal heads were worn either by the Oba or by major dignitaries.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Object
Leopard Head
Region/ country
Benin
Material
Bronze
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
26×14×10 cm
Weight
1600 g
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