Royal Couple Bini Edo
Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria)
H.: 29.5 cm.
Double anthropomorphic brass statue showing two female-male figures resting on three short legs. They are holding tools in their hands. They are dressed in a long tunic adorned with necklaces and a bib in relief. One wears a stepped cap with spikes with a circular frontal ornament at the bulbous end (female) and the other wears a winged helmet with the same frontal ornament (male).
This statue represents the king (Oba) who appears in the 15th century and the queen.
Object made specifically for colonial trade with obvious decorative interest.
Consultant : Jean-Pierre LACOSTE
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