plaque (art)

A bronze plaque. Benin City. 1897. The bronze plaque depicts an armed man wearing a garment and carrying a bladed weapon held at an inclined angle. He is wearing head and neck protection with spikes. The figure's left foot is missing. The surface the figure is mounted on is damaged.

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 carrying one of the emblems of his office, the eben sword.

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