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Commemorative head of the Oba (king).

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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
Benin Kingdom
Benin Kingdom. Nigeria. Africa.
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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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