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Benin kingdom court style  Search this
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Copper alloy
H x W x D: 17.5 x 14.9 x 5.4 cm (6 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 2 1/8 in.)
Mid-16th to mid-17th century
Label Text:
Pendants, worn on the hips, display a variety of human and animal images. In Benin art, as well as in contemporary court ceremonies, an oba is frequently seen flanked and supported by two attendants.
Cast copper alloy D-form center loop pendant with three figures of equal size. The center figure is of a king (oba) supported by attendants. There is a repair to the lower proper right and the overall surface shows wear, especially the arms and tops of the headgear. There is an incised eben, a fan shaped ceremonial sword, on the reverse between the center and proper left (reverse) figures.
Kamer Gallery, New York, 1967 to 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1968 to 1979
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1979 to 1985
Exhibition History:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 17, 2014-July 31, 2016
The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 28, 1987-June 1, 2004
Published References:
African Studies Association. 2005. Health, Knowledge and the Body Politic in Africa and the African Diaspora. Conference brochure. Washington, D.C.: 48th Annual Meeting.
Freyer, Bryna. 1987. Royal Benin Art in the Collection of the National Museum of African Art. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, no. 5.
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male  Search this
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Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art