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Bracelet: Equestrian and Standing Figures

Date:
1815–97
Geography:
Nigeria, Court of Benin
Culture:
Edo peoples
Medium:
Ivory, wood or coconut shell inlay
Dimensions:
5 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (13.7 x 8.9 x 8.6 cm)
Classification:
Bone/Ivory-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.17.77
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 352
The oba and chiefs of Benin wear pairs of ornate bracelets at palace festivals. Long and cylindrical, these cufflike ornaments may be made of either ivory or brass and display imagery reflecting the exalted status of their bearers. This bracelet is a pair with 1991.17.76.
[Sir Jacob Epstein, London]; (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 29, 1980, no. 225); Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York, 1980–1991

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