Native Arts acquisition fund
Benin artist, Plaque, 1550-1650. Bronze; 20 ¼ x 14 1/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1955.317
Dimensionsheight: 20 1/4 in, 51.435 cm; width: 14 1/8 in, 35.8775 cm
The royal palace of the oba or king of Benin was adorned with hundreds of elaborately ornamented plaques, such as this one, telling the story of court life. Cast in the lost wax technique by a highly skilled artisan, this plaque has the figure of a court nobleman or possibly a chief showing details of his regalia, including his helmet, an elaborate coral necklace, embroidered skirt, belt, and anklets.
Known ProvenanceTaken by (Sir Ralph Moor) from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897; sent to the British Foreign Service office collection in 1897 [Reed/Sir Ralph Moor No. 60]. Purchased from (Carlebach Gallery, New York) in 1955; Collection of Denver Art Museum.