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Saltcellar: Portuguese Figures

Date:
ca. 1525–1600
Geography:
Nigeria
Culture:
Edo (Bini-Portuguese)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 7.5 x W. 3 in. (19.1 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Bone/Ivory-Containers
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell and Rogers Funds, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.63a, b
  • Description

    This saltcellar created by a Benin ivory carver reflects a local interest and emphasis on extensive detailing of dress and regalia found in other forms of Benin court art. Articulated in exacting detail, four Portuguese male figures, two richly adorned men and their attendants, are depicted around the perimeter of the receptacle. The higher status figures are depicted frontally, facing outward. The attendants are in profile, more crudely rendered, and in motion.

  • Provenance

    [Nazli Heeramaneck and Charlotte Weidler, New York]; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1948–1972; (Parke-Bernet Gallery, New York, May 2-5, 1972, no. 240)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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