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Commemorative Head of an Oba. Frontal view.

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Commemorative Head of an Oba. Frontal view.
16th c African (West) Benin Kingdom Sculpture

BENIN KINGDOM Anonymous (c. 900 - 1897)
BENIN KINGDOM Anonymous (c. 900 - 1897) Primary
1500-1599
16th c
H:23.18 cm.
Brass
Cast
Benin Kingdom
Statue
Nigeria
Kansas City. Missouri. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
kans3900
"This memorial head belongs to an exceptional class of Benin bronze heads, designated ""rolled-collar"" heads. The head is represented wearing an elaborate cap and collar made from coral beads. Strands of coral beads are also depicted descending from either side of the cap. Precious materials such as brass, coral and ivory were royal prerogatives which also symbolized the power and purity of the ruler."

Caption: BENIN Anonymous | Commemorative Head of an Oba. Frontal view.| 1500-1599 | African (West) | Benin | ┬ęKathleen Cohen | kans3900

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