This elongated bronze statue depicts a male of
tremendous rank. From head to toe he is
adorned with elaborate jewelry and decorative
scarification. His hair has been parted down the
middle, gathered at the sides, and braided into
an elaborate crown that wraps around his head
and protrudes in the front like two small horns.
The almond-shaped eyes and projecting, angular
chin are typical of Gan bronzes. He wears a
woven necklace with three pointed pendants that
stick out. Perhaps these are animal teeth or even
the tips of elephant tusks. The necklace, coupled
with the bracelets, belt, and anklet all are signs
of the figure’s status. His entire torso and back
are engraved with a pattern representing his
scars, another sign of status. Who is this man?
He was probably a deceased ruler whose
memory and spirit were both permanently
preserved in bronze.