Benin Cast Bronze Statues – These bronze / brass statues were made using the lost wax casting technique by the Benin people. The Benin Kingdom was strong through the 15th and 16th centuries and was located in what is now Nigeria and Togo. The Benin Clans were ruled by a King, also know as the Oba – who was divine ruler of the Benin people. Almost all Benin art was created in honour of the King and Queen mothers. The King is often depicted with three whiskers tattooed onto each side of his face to honour the Leopard – “The King of the Bush” – one of the principal symbols of the Oba in Benin Art.
Origin – Nigeria, West Africa
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