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Artist Name:

Edo Artist, Kingdom of Benin

Nationality & Life Dates:

Nigerian

Title:

Bracelet

Date:

19th century or earlier

Medium:

Ivory

Dimensions:

4.75 inches

Credit Line:

Fred and Rita Richman Collection

Accession Number:

2002.288

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 102, African Collection
This ivory bracelet from the 800-year-old Edo Kingdom of Benin is decorated with motifs that refer to the great sixteenth-century warrior king Oba Esigie. Motifs associated with Esigie were popular during the reign of the late-nineteenth-century king Oba Ovoranmwen. The motifs include a Portuguese soldier on horseback and an image of the king himself, depicted in the guise of a leopard. The bracelet’s deep burgundy color is the result of repeated applications of red palm oil mixed with spirits.



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