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- Country of origin: Nigeria
- Size: 45 cm H x 43 cm W
- Materials: African bronze
- Decorative african art
The leopard is a powerful royal animal for the Benin people, ruling over the savannah like the king over his people. It also serves as a symbol of the rule of law.
Due to the typical primitive handcraft process ('lost wax method', where the mold is lost during the making of the bronzes), the bronzes may show some small casting errors.
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, which are also known for their remarkable bronzes.
Late 20th century
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