GREAT! Ancient bronze king's statue, Benin City, 1st half 20th century
GREAT! Ancient bronze king's statue from the Benin City region, Nigeria. It represents the king as the protector of the people. It has 4 faces, looking in all directions to watch the danger. In its hands, it has two big snakes that symbolise the harmony in the community. Snakes are also visible on its torso, back and loins. On the surface on which it is seated, the sides are decorated with geometric patterns. On top of the surface, there is a crocodile and a scorpion that is supposed to keep intruders and threateners far way. A beautiful, ancient bronze statue, spectacularly shaped, showing several symbols. The statue is manufactured by the method of lost wax (cire perdue), in which the mould is lost in the moulding process. Hereby it is a unicat, a unique piece. In any case, bronze statues of such age are quite rare and usually priceless. With some holes because of the moulding, and slight traces of use and aging, the museum-quality statue finds itself in good condition.
Height: 26 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 14 cm
Weight: 1970 grams
Origin: Nigeria, region Benin City
Provenance: From the private collection of Peter Beaujean (ex-gallery Tounkara, Rotterdam)