plaque (art)

The ownership of this object was transferred to Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) in November 2022.

A plaque. Benin City. The copper alloy plaque is representing an encounter between Benin Chief Uwangue, and Portuguese traders, who are depicted to his left and right.

This plaque from Benin in the south-west of Nigeria is one of several in the African Worlds gallery. The curator of the National Museum of Benin, Joseph Eboreime, helped the Horniman's own curators to research and interpret the plaques when they were first put into the gallery in 1999.

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