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Head of an Oba

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Nigeria, Court of Benin
Culture:
Edo peoples
Medium:
Brass, iron
Dimensions:
H. 18 x W. 11 3/4 x D. 12 in. (45.7 x 29.9 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.17.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 352
This example of a brass casting of a Benin head may date to the mid-nineteenth century. The extreme degree of stylization, swollen cheeks and enlarged eyes, the size of the flange at the base, the weight of the casting, and the winglike projections attached to the crowns are characteristic of brass casting during this later period of Benin royal court.
[W. D. Webster, London]; Dr. Ernst Augustin, until 1971; (Sotheby's, London, July 13, 1971, no. 240); (Sotheby's, London, November 26, 1979, no. 172); Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York, until 1991

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