BENIN FIGURE 10, NIGERIA

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BENIN, BRONZE COURT FIGURE 10, 21.5", $500, Nigeria

Old Benin bronzes are very rare. Despite its appearance, this is a 20th C. piece and was certainly made to be sold.

Bronze pieces from the Benin kingdom are known the world over. Almost all their art was created to honor the king , or Oba, who has reigned, with his ancestors, from the 15th century. Styles have changed over the years. Although similar to many older works, these are all 20th C. pieces. Each is still sculpted by hand, then cast in bronze by the lost wax process. Figures that do not depict the king show members of his court

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