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Benin Style Ivory Sculpture of an Oba - PF.3954
Origin: South-Central Nigeria
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10.25" (26.0cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Ivory


Location: UAE
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This beautiful figure is a perfect example of the excellent work that is found in the Benin region. The piece is made out of smooth ivory and stained to create a deep red-brown appearance. The King or Oba holds a vessel of some kind in his hands, which gives him poise great symmetry. For jewelry, he wears a large series of rings on his forearm, his ankles and around his neck. However, the most impressive part of this sculpture, is the exquisite head piece which has been carefully carved into a tall geometric pattern which reaches a point at the top. The overall sense of this piece is one of grandeur as well as of beauty which makes its uniqueness timeless. - (PF.3954)

 

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