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ART OF THE DAY: Lion, c. 1940s Guinea Coast, Benin, Fon, 20th century. See it at the CMA!

ART OF THE DAY: Lion, c. 1940s Guinea Coast, Benin, Fon, 20th century. See it at the CMA!

2 Benin Bronze Leopards by luxethnic on Etsy, $2800.00

2 Benin Bronze Leopards by luxethnic on Etsy, $2800.00

Le léopard est un symbole royal du royaume d'Abomey (ou Danhomè en langue Fon).  Selon la légende, les dynasties des royaumes du sud de la République du Bénin sont originaires de Tado, ville de l'actuel Togo et sont nées d'un couple mythique : la princesse Aligbonon de Tado et un léopard.  Ces couples de léopards ou de panthères se placaient par paires sur les autels des ancêtres du roi.  Bien souvent il s'agissait d'aquamaniles. Lors de

Le léopard est un symbole royal du royaume d'Abomey (ou Danhomè en langue Fon). Selon la légende, les dynasties des royaumes du sud de la République du Bénin sont originaires de Tado, ville de l'actuel Togo et sont nées d'un couple mythique : la princesse Aligbonon de Tado et un léopard. Ces couples de léopards ou de panthères se placaient par paires sur les autels des ancêtres du roi. Bien souvent il s'agissait d'aquamaniles. Lors de

Medicine Vessel: Figure - 18th–19th century, Nigeria, Court of Benin - Culture: Edo peoples - Medium: Brass, stone bead, cord

Medicine Vessel: Figure - 18th–19th century, Nigeria, Court of Benin - Culture: Edo peoples - Medium: Brass, stone bead, cord

Yoruba Terracotta Altarpiece -  Origin: Southwestern Nigeria Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD

Yoruba Terracotta Altarpiece - Origin: Southwestern Nigeria Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD

African Art Pair of Bronze Benin Leopard Figures thumbnail 1

African Art Pair of Bronze Benin Leopard Figures

African Art Pair of Bronze Benin Leopard Figures thumbnail 1

Africa art Benin Bronze Leopard Twins Benin’s art is royal art. It was made to glorify the divine king, or Oba, and to honour great kings of the past. It is primarily made of cast brass and ivory. These leopard, bronze antiques are from Nigeria, Court of Benin, Edo People – G20th Bronze Carving. Kept in the courtyard of the KIngs. The bigger the cat the greater the power of the king shown.

Africa art Benin Bronze Leopard Twins Benin’s art is royal art. It was made to glorify the divine king, or Oba, and to honour great kings of the past. It is primarily made of cast brass and ivory. These leopard, bronze antiques are from Nigeria, Court of Benin, Edo People – G20th Bronze Carving. Kept in the courtyard of the KIngs. The bigger the cat the greater the power of the king shown.

Africa | Prestige box from the Luba people of DR Congo | Wood, raffia

Africa | Prestige box from the Luba people of DR Congo | Wood, raffia

Female Figure for a Trance diviner: asye usu. Côte d'Ivoire; Baule peoples, 19th–20th century.

Female Figure for a Trance diviner: asye usu. Côte d'Ivoire; Baule peoples, 19th–20th century.

This remarkable vintage bronze casting of a leopard has parallels in the art of Benin in what is now Nigeria and has been made with the same methods used over 500 years ago. The extraordinary bronzes of the Benin kingdom exhibit a virtuosity and sophistication of style that has astonished the Western world since they were visited in the 15th Century. These are detailed and were sculpted by hand 60 years ago, then cast in bronze by the lost wax process.  Bronze Leopards are a royal icon…

This remarkable vintage bronze casting of a leopard has parallels in the art of Benin in what is now Nigeria and has been made with the same methods used over 500 years ago. The extraordinary bronzes of the Benin kingdom exhibit a virtuosity and sophistication of style that has astonished the Western world since they were visited in the 15th Century. These are detailed and were sculpted by hand 60 years ago, then cast in bronze by the lost wax process. Bronze Leopards are a royal icon…

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