Court dwarf Edo horseman figure
Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria)
H.: 27 cm.
Equestrian statue showing a male figure in armour carrying a spear, a shield and
a headdress. It rests on a pedestal with embossed engraved motifs.
Between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 17th century, the warlords of Benin led campaigns aimed at establishing Benin's hegemony over a large part of south-western Nigeria. Numerous armed warriors were mobilized.
Representative object of the art of lost wax casting which was very widespread in Benin.
Object made specifically for colonial trade with an obvious decorative interest.
Consultant : Jean-Pierre LACOSTE
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