Friday, August 31, 2012

More African Art

Waist Pendant

Benin Edo
Ht. 6 3/4"
Nigeria, West Africa
Jay Last Collection, Beverly Hills

Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants
The central figure on this pendant represents the oba, or king, of Benin flanked by important court officials. The scene symbolizes support for the oba, who in turn sustains the nation. The pendant was worn by the oba on a belt around his waist at state events.
  • Beatrice Reise Collection, Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • Culture: Edo
  • Medium: Copper alloy
  • Place Made: Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
  • Dates: mid-16th-early 17th century
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)

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