BENIN LEOPARDS ARCHIVES

The leopards below have been sold. They are left here for educational and reference purposes.

BENIN
Bronze Leopard 22
SOLD


 BENIN
Leopard 1
SOLD

  BENIN
Leopard 2
SOLD

 BENIN
Leopard 3
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 5
SOLD

 

BENIN
Leopard 4
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 7
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 14
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 21
SOLD

 

BENIN
Leopard 6
SOLD

 BENIN
Leopard 9
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 11
SOLD

 BENIN
Leopard 12
SOLD

 

BENIN
Leopard 17
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 16
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 18
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 19
SOLD

 

BENIN
Leopard 13
SOLD

BENIN
Leopard 20
 
SOLD

 

BENIN
Leopard Head 8
SOLD

 BENIN
Leopard Head 10
SOLD

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BENIN, BRONZE LEOPARDS, Nigeria

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, also known for their remarkable bronzes. Almost all Benin 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.

Bronze Leopards, a royal icon, were often used as royal water vessels. Water was poured from the mouth over the Oba's hands in cleansing rituals. They were kept on royal altars.

Since only pieces made to be sold are available now, we will not be getting any Benin leopards in the future.

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