BENIN HORSEMEN ARCHIVES, NIGERIA

The Benin Horsemen below are all SOLD and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 BENIN
Horseman 1
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 1
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 1
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 1
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 1
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 2
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 2
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 2
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 2
SOLD

 BENIN
Horseman 2
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BENIN, BRONZE HORSEMEN, Nigeria

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

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.

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