Plaque

A work made of brass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of brass.

Date:

16th/17th century

Artist:

Edo, Kingdom of Benin
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

During the 16th century, coastal trade made brass amply available in the Kingdom of Benin. King Esigie (reigned about 1504–about 1550) exploited the inflow by commissioning his court’s brass casters to make commemorative plaques for his palace. The warrior depicted here wears a coral-studded cap and collar indicating his rank. The horseshoe shape in the upper left corner represents a copper or brass ring known as a manilla. Manufactured in Europe, such rings were used as currency among the Benin people.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Edo

Title

Plaque

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1501–1700

Medium

Brass

Dimensions

33.9 × 28.8 × 4.7 cm (13 3/8 × 11 3/8 × 1 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Samuel P. Avery Fund

Reference Number

1933.782

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