BENIN SWORDS ARCHIVES, Nigeria

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

For UNSOLD Benin Swords, GO TO BENIN SWORDS PAGE

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


 

BENIN
Sword 108
36" long
SOLD

Although similar in style to many older works, these pieces are 20th C. and were probably made to be sold.

 

BENIN
Sword 6
SOLD

BENIN
Sword 7
SOLD 


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BENIN, SWORDS ARCHIVES, 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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