Benin Oba (King) Bust; African Wood Carving (13H' x 6.5W" x 5.5L") [ SisterSoul Closet ]
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***A Great Additional Discount Is Available!!---Click on my Name Directly Above ( "Listed by...") to learn about my Multi-Sale Discount Offer in my Closet Profile*** This exquisite piece is a flawless 20th century carving of an ancient Benin Oba or King. Expertly fashioned and flawless, it's deep rich color and intricately carved detail make this piece a treasure worthy of an esteemed place in your household for generations to come.*** In 900 AD several neighboring tribal villages formed an alliance, later becoming a city-state in 1300 AD. Shortly after statehood was established, a foreign official named Oranyan became leader of Benin by either marrying a local chief's daughter to form a kinship connection that led to ruling rights or by outright invasion --no one knows for sure. In either case, Oranyan's son, Ekewa was considered the first king, or oba, of Benin. It was the oba, Eware the Great (1440-73) who launched Benin to its greatest height. Under his rule, and the successive reigns of his son and grandson, Benin changed and prospered dramatically. Portuguese mariners arrived in 1486 enabling Benin to establish trade relations in Europe and become the chief exporter of cloth, pepper, and ivory. Trade also brought copper and brass into the empire, allowing metalworkers to refine their traditional techniques of sculpting and casting. Eware established great guilds for Benin's artists and craft workers who were chosen by the king and highly esteemed in the royal court. Benin's art formed a central part of the culture and tradition of the kingdom and thus it is crucial to the historical record on Benin--now present day Nigeria. Many bronze, ivory, and wood carvings give a glimpse of life in the royal court through their depiction of historical personages and events.
5.5"L x 13"H x 6.5"W
Sun 12/11/16 - Thu 12/15/16 (4-8 days)
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