African 17.7" BENIN Bronze OBA King Head, Bell - Nigeria
Beautiful OBA King head Bell in bronze. The handle on top is a warrior who protects the king. This head is used as a bell, look at the clapper inside.
Almost all Benin art was created to honor the king , or Oba, who has reigned, with his ancestors, from the 15th century. Each is sculpted by hand, then cast in bronze.
Beautifully made, with plenty of details, tribal figurations on the hat and lots of tribal scarifications on the face. It has a beautiful green, brown patina.
This head is of high quality and was made with the - cire perdue technique- , and is therefore unique in its kind. Beautifully finished off in detail.
Good condition, but with signs of use and normal holes of cast glitches. Please study the photos well.
Height: 17.7 inch, 45 cm
Width: 6.1 inch, 15.5 cm
Depth: 5.7 inch, 14.5 cm
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