BENIN SWORDS

 

BENIN
Sword 109
31.5" high
$400

BENIN
Sword 110
34" high
$400

 

BENIN
Sword 111
30.5" high
$400


Although in the style seen held by the Oba on many figures and plaques, these three swords are not old and were probably made to be sold.


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

 

BENIN
Sword 108
36" long
SOLD

This wonderful ceremonial iron sword with an ivory handle has been vetted as being both authentic and old.

 

BENIN
Sword 6
SOLD

BENIN
Sword 7
SOLD
 


Photographs © Tim Hamill

BENIN, SWORDS, 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.

The ceremonial swords here are the style seen held by the Oba on many figures and plaques.

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