plaque (art)

Bronze plaque showing a human figure with a beaded headdress, indicating that it might depict an Oba. There are also three rosettes in relief on the plaque, and etched floral and dot decoration as the background. There are a number of perforated holes through the plaque.

Such plaques were made to decorate architectural elements of the Oba’s palace at Benin. They are thought to have commemorated events in the history of the Edo Kingdom. This fragment of a brass plaque appears to show an Oba with characteristic beaded headdress.

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