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Commemorative head of the Oba (king).
16th c African (West) Benin Kingdom Sculpture

EDO PEOPLE Anonymous (pre-1500 - present) Primary
c. 1550
16th c
Bronze
Benin Kingdom
Head
Benin Kingdom. Nigeria. Africa.
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
afr01023
Originally held an ivory tusk carved with stories of the deceased ruler. It was used as part of an ancestor altar.

Caption: Benin | Head of the Oba | c. 1550 | West African | Benin

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