Leopard Head - Terracota - Benin

Leopard Head - Terracota - Benin
2nd half 20th century

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.
Great terracotta leopard head from Benin. Godd condtion with a fine detailed patina.

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
Leopard Head
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
14×11×10 cm
650 g
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