ANTIQUE BENIN BRONZE 17" x 16" WALL PLAQUE 20LBS

BENIN
WALL PLAQUE - BRONZE
NIGERIA
17" TALL

The extraordinary bronzes of the Benin kingdom in what is now Nigeria exhibit a virtuosity and sophistication of style that has astonished the Western world since they were visited in the 15th Century. Their work was brought to Europe following a punitive expedition by the British in 1897, causing a great sensation. The people of Benin, called Bini, are descended from the Ife, also known for their remarkable bronzes. Almost all Benin art was created to honor the king , or Oba, who has reigned, with his ancestors, from the 15th century. Styles have changed over the years. Although similar to many older works, these are all 20th C. pieces. Each is still sculpted by hand, then cast in bronze by the lost wax process. The plaques were mounted on the walls of the Oba's Palace and record the history of the Benin kingdom. Most depict the king or warrior chiefs.

The kingdom of Benin came to an abrupt end when the British invaded them in 1897. We also know that thin castings were made before the lucrative slave trade began. This casting is very heavy. The rise of the very old kingdom of Ife can be traced back to the 11th century. Their bronze casting skills were well known and it was their craftsmen that, by mutual arrangement, taught the younger Kingdom of Benin the

AN AGED PATINATED SURFACE .
CONDITION - EXCELLENT
??? YEARS OLD ???
IT IS VERY HARD TO TELL .

SHIPPING $ 75.00 + USA

$ 120.00 + INTERNATIONAL
VALUE $ 1500.00 +
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IFE BRONZES AND THEN MAKE YOUR INVESTMENT
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