Head of a Queen - Bronze - EDO / IFE - Benin

Description
Head of a Queen - Bronze - EDO / IFE - Benin
Mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Famous worldwide, African bronzes of the Kingdom of IFE are cast in wax molds that are destroyed (technique called the "lost wax" technique). This work begins by modeling a wax sculpture; then, one makes a mold of the sculpture by slightly coating it with refractory material: The Banko. After drying, the whole is heated, the wax melts and flows through the "empty" mold that is provided and arranged for this purpose. At the right moment, the empty wax mold is filled with liquid metal. The wax and bronze transformation is complete. After solidification and cooling of the bronze (brass by Western standards), the mold is broken to extract the sculpture. After which a long and elaborate work follows.
Heavy piece with a great patina of age, total weight: 5300 gram.

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
Head of a Queen
Ethnic group/ culture
EDO / IFE
Region/ country
Benin
Material
Bronze
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
43×19×13 cm
Weight
5300 g
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