plaque; casting; stage of manufacture

This object is for display as an example of one of the many stages in the ‘Lost Wax’ and brass casting process of making Benin wall plaques. This stage of the process is the part that is ‘lost’ when the mould is heated and is not normally seen.

Wax covered cast with detail in wooden base.

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