BENIN BRONZE PLAQUES ARCHIVES, Nigeria

The plaques below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.
We have others, also all sold, on BENIN BRONZE PLAQUES ARCHIVES 2

Although similar in style to many older works, these pieces are 20th C. and were made to be sold.

Plaque 1
SOLD
 

Plaque 2
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Plaque 3
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Plaque 4
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Plaque 5
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Plaque 6
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Plaque 7
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Plaque 8
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 Plaque 9
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Plaque 11
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Plaque 12
SOLD

 

Plaque 13
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BENIN, BRONZE PLAQUES, Nigeria

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 plaque marked CAST is a plaster Museum Reproduction of a 17th C. original.

Plaques like these were mounted on the walls of the Oba's Palace and recorded the history of the Benin kingdom. Most depict the king or warrior chiefs.

Cast pieces are copper alloys, bronze (copper and tin) or brass (copper and zinc). The alloys are not always pure and pieces historically labelled "bronzes", often are not.

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