BENIN FIGURES, NIGERIA

BENIN
Figure 2
20" high
$600

BENIN
Figure 3
21" high
$500

BENIN
Figure 5
19.5" high
$500

BENIN
Figure 6
19.5" high
$500

BENIN
Figure 9
12" high
$400

BENIN
Figure 10
21.5" high
$500

Old Benin bronzes are very rare. Despite their appearance, these are all 20th C. pieces and were made to be sold.

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BENIN, BRONZE FIGURES, Nigeria

Bronze pieces from the Benin kingdom are known the world over. Almost all their 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. Figures that do not depict the king show members of his court.

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