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Maker:
Benin kingdom court style  Search this
Edo artist  Search this
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
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.)
Type:
Jewelry
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
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.
Description:
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.
Provenance:
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.
Topic:
Leadership  Search this
Adornment  Search this
weapon  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979
Object number:
85-19-17
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys70b711f25-fc66-4958-9748-de3d2071fe00
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-19-17